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Further helicopter checks ordered after Norway crash

Picture of the actual helicopter which crashed Image copyright Mihai Crisan
Image caption The Super Puma helicopter crashed off Norway

Further safety checks have been ordered on a fleet of helicopters following a fatal crash off Norway last year.

The Super Puma 225 came down near the island of Turoey, near Bergen, while it was returning from an oil field.

Iain Stuart 41, from Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, was one of 13 people who died in the crash.

The European Aviation Safety Authority (Easa) has asked operators of EC225 and L2 aircraft to carry out one-off inspections of the gearbox.

Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Iain Stuart died in the crash

An investigation into what caused the crash is being held.

An interim report from the Air Accident Investigation Board Norway said the most likely cause was a fatigue fracture within the helicopter gearbox which resulted in the main rotor becoming detached.

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