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Chancellor plans offshore oil worker tribute

Recovery operation off Shetland
Image caption The Chancellor will praise those who took part in the rescue off Shetland

Chancellor George Osborne plans to use a trip to Aberdeen to pay tribute to people who work in the offshore oil and gas industry.

On Tuesday, he will sign a book of condolence for the four workers who died in a helicopter off Shetland.

Mr Osborne will offer his sympathies to the families of Duncan Munro, Sarah Darnley, Gary McCrossan and George Allison.

He also intends to praise those who took part in the rescue operation.

In a speech to oil and gas industry representatives, the chancellor will say the UK owes a "huge debt of gratitude" to the brave professionals who work every day in "an inherently dangerous environment".

Super Puma AS332 L2 went down close to shore on a flight to Shetland's Sumburgh Airport from the Borgsten Dolphin rig on 23 August.

It was the fifth incident involving Super Pumas in the North Sea since 2009.

The Civil Aviation Authority has said the crash was not caused by airworthiness or technical problems, based on current information.

Mr Osborne will promise the UK government will work closely with the industry on safety to provide the support and help needed.

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