Brother's heartache over North Sea helicopter crash

Nolan Goble Image copyright Grampian Police
Image caption Nolan Goble died from multiple injuries sustained in the helicopter crash

The brother of a man killed in a helicopter crash spoke of his family's "five years of heartache" as he called for the operator to be prosecuted.

Nolan Goble, 34, from Norwich, was among 16 men who died when a Super Puma crashed into the North Sea in 2009.

Following an inquest in Norwich, where a narrative verdict was recorded, Bob Goble said operator Bond Offshore should be punished.

The company recently said it was "committed to improving safety".

A fatal accident inquiry held before Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle earlier this year found that the tragedy might have been avoided if proper maintenance had been carried out.

Image caption All 16 people on board the Super Puma died in the crash

But the Crown Office said the company would not be prosecuted as failings could not be proved beyond reasonable doubt.

An earlier Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) probe found that the aircraft suffered a "catastrophic failure" of its main rotor gearbox.

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Image caption Bob Goble said Bond Offshore should be held accountable for the crash

Outside the inquest, Mr Goble described his younger brother, who was employed by KCA Deutag Drilling Ltd, as an "amazing, fit, young man".

"We have had five years of heartache and to get to this stage and still have nobody accepting responsibility is just postponing the agony," he said.

After the findings earlier this year, Bond Offshore accepted mistakes had been made, that lessons had been learned, that it would study the Sheriff Principal's recommendations and was committed to safety improvements.

Coroner Jacqueline Lake said Nolan Goble had died of multiple injuries following the helicopter crash off the Aberdeenshire coast.

It also claimed the lives of the captain and co-pilot, Paul Burnham, 31, from Methlick in Aberdeenshire, and Richard Menzies, 24, from Droitwich Spa in Worcestershire.

Five men from Aberdeen were also killed: Alex Dallas, 62, James Costello, 24, Stuart Wood, 27, Vernon Elrick, 41, and Brian Barkley, 30; and two workers were from Aberdeenshire: Leslie Taylor, 41, from Kintore, and Warren Mitchell, 38, from Oldmeldrum.

Image caption The Bond Super Puma came down off Peterhead, killing 16 men

The other victims were Raymond Doyle, 57, from Cumbernauld; David Rae, 63, from Dumfries; Gareth Hughes, 53, from Angus; Nairn Ferrier, 40, from Dundee; James Edwards, 33, from Liverpool and Mihails Zuravskis, 39, from Latvia.

Many of those killed worked for KCA Deutag Drilling and were returning from BP's Miller platform at the time of the crash.

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