Four confirmed dead after Canadian-owned chopper ditches off coast of Scotland

National Post | News

Four British passengers have been killed after a Canadian-owned oil-rig transport helicopter ditched Friday in the North Sea off the north coast of Scotland.

The crash prompted a massive emergency-response effort — including the diversion of a nearby ferry — that resulted in the rescue of 14 of the 18 people on board, including the two flight crew.

Vancouver-based CHC Helicopter issued a statement late Friday confirming the incident involved one of its Super Puma aircraft, a trouble-plagued line of helicopters that has been involved in four previous accidents in the North Sea since 2009. The aircraft in Friday’s crash was an AS332L2 model. Another version of the helicopter, the EC225, had been suspended from use until last month following accidents in May and October 2012 involving gear-box failures and non-fatal ditchings in the North Sea.

By early Saturday, U.K. media reports were naming three men and one woman —…

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