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Statoil will not use type of helicopter involved in crash again

Picture of the actual helicopter which crashed Image copyright Mihai Crisan
Image caption The helicopter crashed in April

An oil firm has said it has no plans to ever again use the make of helicopter involved in a crash which left 13 people - including an Aberdeenshire man - dead.

Iain Stuart, 41, from Laurencekirk, was among those killed in the crash off Norway in April.

The Airbus Super Puma H225 was flying to Bergen from the Statoil-operated Gullfaks field.

Statoil said it would not use the helicopter again.

Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Iain Stuart died in the crash

The model in question has been grounded in the UK and Norway, but Statoil said it would not change its position when the suspension was lifted.

Air accident investigators found a fatigue crack was the "most likely" cause of gearbox failure.

Mr Stuart worked for the oil field services company Halliburton.

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