Lord advocate seeking Shetland Super Puma crash voice recorder data from AAIB

Helicopter wreckage being salvaged Four people died when the Super Puma crashed

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The lord advocate is taking action in a bid to get cockpit voice recorder data from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch after four people died in a helicopter crash off Shetland.

The BBC Scotland news website has learned an order is being sought at the Court of Session to access the data, which is normally retained by the AAIB, as the crash is investigated.

It is a rare legal move.

Three men and woman died when the Super Puma crashed in August last year.

Passengers Sarah Darnley, of Elgin, Gary McCrossan, of Inverness, Duncan Munro, of Bishop Auckland, and George Allison, of Winchester, lost their lives.

The lord advocate, Scotland's top prosecution law officer, is seeking the order for disclosure of the voice recorder data recorder under the Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations 1996.

Section 18 covers disclosure of relevant records, and the Crown can act if it believes it to be in the public interest.

A Crown Office spokesman said: "Following a helicopter crash off Sumburgh on 23 August 2013 in which four people died, Crown Office began an investigation into the cause of the deaths.

"The investigation is ongoing and the families of those who died will continue to be updated in relation to any significant developments."

A Court of Session spokesperson said no hearing had yet been set down.

An AAIB spokesperson said: "Regulations allow for the release of this type of information if a court decides it is in the public interest to do so.

"The court has yet to make its decision in this case."

A total of 18 people were on board when the Super Puma crashed on its approach to Sumburgh.

A service was held in Shetland at the weekend to mark the first anniversary of the crash.

The accident was the fourth of its kind in five years.

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    07:57: Murphy's tuition fees pledge

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy will today promise that his party will keep universities free of tuition fees - should they form the next government at Holyrood.

    Jim Murphy

    Mr Murphy will confirm the party's policy when he meets students in Glasgow.

    The MP will also announce a funding package "to ensure Scottish universities are properly supported alongside Labour's plan to reduce tuition fees in England".

    The SNP have accused Mr Murphy of "shameless hypocrisy" after he previously voted to impose tuition fees at Westminster.

     
  64.  
    07:51: Taxi drivers - 'you talking to me?'

    Taxi drivers in Dumfries and Galloway could get help with their English language skills as part of new proposals to improve the service.

    It is one of a range of measures being considered by the local licensing panel.

    Drivers could get English language help as part of proposals to improve the service

    Stricter medical standards, a dress code, customer care training and CCTV in vehicles could also be brought in.

    A report to the licensing panel is seeking agreement on whether or not to take the proposals forward.

     
  65.  
    07:42: Read all about it

    The Daily Record says "welfare axeman" Iain Duncan Smith has launched a new bid to hammer the poor.

    The Herald leads with the UK's privacy watchdog warning that plans to create a "super ID database" may lead to the creation of a national identity number for every Scot by default.

    Tuesday's newspapers

    Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a £70m fund to help families on low and moderate incomes in Scotland buy their first homes, writes The Scotsman.

    Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre is locked in a £240,000 legal fight over a "dodgy" property deal, according to the Scottish Sun.

    The National says a Labour MP's comments are piling pressure on Ed Miliband.

    Read our newspaper review here.

     
  66.  
    07:35: Goram: 'King is the man' Kenny Macintyre BBC Scotland

    Former Rangers favourite Andy Goram believes Dave King is the right man to bring the good times back to Ibrox.

    Former Rangers goalkeeper Andy Goram

    King, a Glaswegian now based in South Africa, aims to seize control at Rangers following Friday's extraordinary general meeting, which he called to oust the current board.

    "It's a massive thing for the fans to get King in," said Goram.

    "He's the man that the fans want. He's put his money in before, he's a Rangers man and he's a businessman."

     
  67.  
    07:28: Human trafficking bill

    MSPs are to begin taking evidence on new legislation to tackle human trafficking in Scotland.

    In 2013 there were 55 human trafficking victims identified in Scotland

    The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill aims to strengthen the law.

    It will introduce a new single offence and increase the maximum penalty for offenders to life imprisonment.

    Holyrood's justice committee will hear from Barnardo's Scotland, the Scottish Refugee Council and Victim Support Scotland.

     
  68.  
    @BBCScotWeather 'Snow and ice'

    Met Office yellow warnings issued for snow and ice. Wintry showers continue - here's the latest radar picture.

    Snow and ice warning
     
  69.  
    @BBCHighlands Inverness under snow

    Overnight snow blankets Inverness this morning...

    Snow in Inverness
     
  70.  
    07:20: Plane 'dived after lightning strike'

    The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has published a report into a serious incident as a plane approached Sumburgh airport in Shetland.

    Sumburgh airport

    The aircraft was struck by lightning and went into a steep dive.

    During the incident last December, the pilots initially struggled to control the plane due to a misunderstanding involving the autopilot system.

    Control was eventually regained and the plane diverted to Aberdeen. There were no injuries.

     
  71.  
    07:18: Pun in the oven...

    On Monday, we asked you to send us your favourite shop pun names.

    Captain Dugwash, Airdrie

    Here are our favourites.

     
  72.  
    07:12: Inequality speech

    Tackling inequality would generate £1,600 more per head of population, according to the Scottish government.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    In a speech later, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will highlight new analysis of research by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

    Ms Sturgeon will argue that policies which are fair and equal will lead to greater prosperity.

    The UK government insists its austerity policies have led to record employment levels in Scotland.

     
  73.  
    @BBCTravelScot Jack-knifed lorry BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Westbound #M8 - a jack-knifed lorry - one lane is closed at J4a Heartlands - between the slips... slow and wintry.

     
  74.  
    07:06: Stabbing near school

    A teenager has been arrested in connection with an alleged serious assault outside a school in the southside of Glasgow.

    Holyrood Secondary

    Two 14-year-old boys were injured in the incident which happened close to Holyrood Secondary at about 13:20.

    It is understood the boys were stabbed. One was taken to the Victoria Infirmary and the other did not require hospital treatment.

    Police Scotland said a 15-year-old boy had been arrested.

     
  75.  
    @BBCScotWeather 'More wintry' showers' BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Morning, Gillian here. Ice risk this A.M. more wintry showers to come, especially in the West. Turning to rain/sleet at low levels later. Windy, 5C.

     
  76.  
    07:02: Tributes to Scotland legend

    Tributes have been paid to Scotland legend Dave Mackay who has died, aged 80.

    The Edinburgh-born midfielder won 10 major honours as a player in British and European football, starring for Hearts, Tottenham and Derby County.

    The late Scotland and Hearts midfielder Dave Mackay

    He also won 22 caps for his country and was named 'Footballer of the Year' in both Scotland and England.

    Hearts described Mackay as "a fearless defender regarded as the club's greatest-ever player, Dave won the league title, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup (twice) with Hearts before going on to star for Tottenham Hotspur and Derby County".

    The Edinburgh club also quoted the late midfielder as saying: "For as long as I can remember, all I wanted in my life, nothing else, was to play for Hearts, which is my dream team. And to play for Scotland - I had no ambition for anything else. Always Hearts."

     
  77.  
    07:00: Good morning Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    Rise and shine! Welcome to Tuesday's edition of Scotland Live. We will bring you all the latest news and sport throughout the day, with a little weather and travel mixed in.

    You can get involved with the big stories by emailing us your opinions at newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

     

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