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Air investigators head to Norway after helicopter crash

Rescuers at the scene of the crash Credit: Reuters

UK accident investigators are being sent to Norway after a helicopter crash on Friday killed at least 11 people.

Officials are being deployed to the Nordic country to assist with the crash investigation just off the Norwegian coast.

The aircraft was believed to have been carrying 13 people - including a Briton - from an offshore oil field when it came down near the city of Bergen.

"We were sad to hear of the loss of a helicopter west of Bergen, Norway", AAIB chief inspector Keith Conradi said.

"The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has offered to assist the Accident Investigation Board Norway with their investigation and is deploying a team of inspectors."

Briton on board fatal Norway helicopter crash

Emergency services rush to the scene of the crash Credit: Reuters

A British national was on board a helicopter which crashed in Norway on Friday although their fate is unknown, a rescue team said.

Some 13 people were travelling on the helicopter which was on its way to shore from Statoil's Gullfaks B platform in the North Sea when it crashed, killing 11.

A Briton and an Italian were among those on board, although it is not known whether they are among the dead, a local broadcaster reported.

The other passengers are said to be Norwegian.


Hunt: 'Lessons will be learned at Southern Health'

Jeremy Hunt said he is sure "lessons will be learned" after a watchdog warned a scandal-hit NHS Trust is still failing to protect patients.

The Health Secretary said that most front-line care at Southern Health was excellent, but that there had been problems with leadership.

He added that he agreed with the watchdog's findings.

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Governor explains why he quit Southern Health

A governor at a scandal-hit NHS trust where a teenager drowned in a bath resigned on Friday because his council has achieved "nothing at all".

In his resignation letter Mark Aspinall, a governor at Southern Health, accused colleagues of being "apathetic" and "intransigent", and said the Trust's council was "weak or unable to act".

He has spoken to ITV News Meridian about why he has stepped down and how the Trust have got it so wrong.

Southern Health: 'We are doing our best to make changes'

A medical director at a scandal-hit NHS Trust where a teenager drowned in a bath insisted changes are being implement.

Dr Lesley Stevens from Southern Health rejected the notion that there is a "toxic culture" at management level of the Trust.

And she maintained changes at the top would only disrupt plans to implement intended changes to patient care.

"We have had a really clear message from CQC that there are things we need to improve further and more rapidly", Dr Stevens said.

She added: "I really wanted to take the opportunity to reassure patients and their carers who use our service that we are absolutely focussed on delivering the safest possible service we can".

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