Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has reacted to today’s announcement of a provisional date of 18th May for the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the helicopter crash which claimed the lives of four people off Sumburgh in 2013, saying it “lacks respect and compassion” for the families of the victims. The seven year wait for the inquiry has been described as “deplorable” by Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle.
Mr. Carmichael said:
“The continued delay to this inquiry lacks respect and compassion for the loved ones of the victims. It is small wonder then that frustration and anger over the delays is growing.”
“Helicopter journeys are a fact of life for oil workers in the North Sea. It is essential that we have confidence that these journeys are safe. These repeated delays in the inquiry will make it harder to restore that confidence in the safety of North Sea air transfers. I hope that all involved will ensure that there are no further delays in bringing this matter to a close.”