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BALPA: Our thoughts are with Norway crash victims

BALPA General Secretary Jim McAuslan. Credit: PA

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has said the thoughts and prayers of all British pilots are with those affected by the helicopter crash in Norway.

The ripples of this accident will spread way beyond Norway; a country with a good safety record.

The worldwide helicopter pilot community is united in demanding that we get to the bottom of what caused this latest accident in the North Sea and what can be learned from it.

There are global standards on the undertaking of accident investigations. They have proved the bedrock of how we learn from each tragic event and aim to make flying even more safe. BALPA subscribes to those standards and will do all that is needed to help in this most recent incident.

– Jim McAuslan, BALPA General Secretary

Southern Health 'had no arrangements to investigate deaths'

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It emerged that Connor's death was not an isolated case, and his family have battled to find out why he and hundreds of other vulnerable patients died.

ITV News' Martha Fairlie reports:


Labour leadership 'slow to respond' over anti-Semitism row

Labour's leadership has maintained a diplomatic silence of sorts today in the row over anti-Semitism within its ranks, but the party has found itself unable to fully draw a line under events.

Labour Peer Lord Dubs told ITV News the leadership had been slow to respond to the issue, and that the row was a disaster for the party.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports.

Norway crash: Super Puma helicopters grounded

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has said it has suspended flights of Super Puma helicopters of the same type that crashed off the coast of Norway.

Following the accident, the UK CAA has issued an instruction to stop any commercial passenger flights by UK operators flying the Airbus EC225LP helicopter.

This mirrors action taken by the Norwegian CAA. The restriction does not apply to search and rescue flights.

The accident involved a Norwegian helicopter and will therefore be investigated by the Norwegian authorities. We will offer any assistance that we can.

We remain in close contact with all UK offshore helicopter operators to continue to assess the situation.

– UK Civil Aviation Authority

The authority added that its thoughts are with those affected by the accident.

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