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Helicopter crash search ends

3rd April 2009 - 10:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The search for the eight people missing after the Bond helicopter crash ended at 18:00hrs on Thursday, April 2.

The aircraft, a Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma helicopter, registration G-REDL operated by Bond Helicopters, on a charter for BP, crashed in the North Sea approximately 14 miles from Rattray Head, or 38 miles North East of Aberdeen. It was carrying 16 people in total; 14 passengers and two crew when it came down.

The initial search was carried out yesterday by two helicopters from the RAF (R131 & R 137), a Nimrod marine patrol aircraft , two RNLI lifeboats from Peterhead and Fraserburgh and 14 other vessels including the Caledonian Victory, 'Nord Fortune', 'Vigilant' and the `Normand Aurora'.

Aberdeen Coastguard continued to co-ordinate the search today with the two RNLI lifeboats (from Peterhead and Fraserburgh), and seven other vessels, including ferries and fishing boats.

The AAIB have chartered the survey vessel VIGILANT to begin their recovery investigation.

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