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Shetland connection to crashed Irish helicopter

Searches for missing coastguard helicopter crew Image copyright PA
Image caption Searches have been made for three missing crew from the helicopter that crashed on Tuesday

A search and rescue helicopter which crashed off the Irish coast was previously stationed in Shetland, BBC Scotland has learned.

The S92 aircraft came down in the early hours of Tuesday off the coast of Mayo in the Republic of Ireland.

One Irish coastguard crew member, Capt Dara Fitzpatrick died, while three others remain missing.

Manufacturer Sikorsky and operator CHC have begun an investigation of the incident.

The aircraft involved was based at Sumburgh between 2007 and 2012, before being transferred to Ireland.

Capt Fitzpatrick was taken to hospital after being found in a critical condition by RNLI crew.

Searches have been made for her three colleagues.

They have been named as Chief Pilot Mark Duffy and winchmen Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith.

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