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Shetland 2013 helicopter crash compensation of £2.5m settled

Helicopter wreckage being salvaged Image copyright PA

Survivors of a helicopter crash in which four people died have had claims totalling more than £2.5m settled.

The CHC Super Puma plunged into the sea on its approach to Shetland in 2013.

Lawyers representing nine oil workers on the flight said the cases had been brought to a conclusion.

Lisa Gregory, of Digby Brown in Aberdeen, said: "Our clients were a group of people who were just going to work when their lives were changed in some of the worst ways imaginable."

Too late

In March, a report into the crash said flight instruments were "not monitored effectively" by pilots in the moments leading up to the incident.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said a lack of monitoring meant a reduction in air speed was not noticed by the pilots.

Attempts to recover were too late.

No evidence was found of any engineering issues causing the crash.

Passengers Sarah Darnley, from Elgin, Gary McCrossan, from Inverness, Duncan Munro, from Bishop Auckland, and George Allison, from Winchester, lost their lives in the crash on 23 August 2013.

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