Tributes paid to the British man killed in Norway helicopter crash


Tributes have been paid to a British man who was among 13 people killed when a helicopter crashed in Norway.

The 41-year-old, who worked for oilfield services company Halliburton, has been named locally as Iain Stuart, from Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire.

The Super Puma was carrying two crew and 11 passengers from the North Sea Gullfaks B oil field, around 74 miles off the Norwegian coast when it crashed on the way to Flesland Airport in Bergen on Friday.

Search and rescue vessels in Norway
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Stuart was a member of Brechin Golf Club, where yesterday the flag flew at half mast.

Stephen Rennie, resident golf professional and manager, told the Sunday Mail: "The whole club is shocked and saddened to hear the devastating news about Iain.

"He was a very popular member of the club and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

Family friend Charles Aitken, 75, told the newspaper: "My daughter knows his wife Amy. They are a really lovely family - it's an absolute tragedy."

Search and rescue vessels in Norway
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Field operators Statoil said the pilots of the helicopter - a Norwegian and an Italian - were CHC Helicopter staff.

The 10 Norwegian passengers were employed by companies including Schlumberger, Aker Solutions, and Statoil. Their names have not yet been released.

All UK commercial passenger flights using the Airbus EC225LP - or Super Puma - model have been grounded by the Civil Aviation Authority following the accident.

Search and rescue vessels in Norway
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The aircraft shattered into pieces when it smashed into the rocky shoreline of Turoey, a tiny island outside Bergen, Norway's second-largest city.

Norwegian television showed footage of what appeared to be a helicopter rotor blade spiralling down minutes before the helicopter crashed.

Emergency crews pulled the wrecked fuselage out of the sea on Saturday, ahead of an investigation into the cause.

A team from the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch is assisting with the probe.