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Fatal air crash inquiry findings published today

A Scottish judge will deliver his fatal accident inquiry findings into a North Sea helicopter crash that killed 16 men in Aberdeenshire in 2009.

File photo of two Eurocopter AS 332 Super Puma helicopters. Credit: PA

Fourteen oil workers and two crew died when a Bond Super Puma fell from the sky "like a torpedo" into the North Sea on April 1, 2009.

Eight of the victims came from the north east of Scotland, seven from the rest of the UK, and one from Latvia.

Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle heard evidence from the helicopter operator and manufacturer as well as crash investigators during a six-week fatal accident inquiry into the circumstances of the crash at Aberdeen's Town House earlier this year.


Ferry travellers describe fights on board after blaze

Travellers on the North Sea ferry forced to return to the UK after a fire broke out on board have been describing the scenes from last night.

One said fights broke out when it was announced the ship would not be continuing to Holland, while another described the “Chinese whispers” surrounding the causes of the fire.

Ferry company to help find passengers other crossings

Gert Jakobsen, a spokesman for ferry operator DFDS Seaways, said the company will try to help passengers forced to abandon their trip to Amsterdam find alternative crossings.

The DFDS Seaways ferry King Seaways, berthed at the Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal at Newcastle Ferry Port. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

"We are very sorry for those passengers who have not only been affected by the fire but now by these delays," he said.

"We are looking at how we can help them.

"The cabin that was burnt is very damaged and there has been some smoke damage to surrounding cabins but the ship's function has not been affected in any way and is safe to travel."

According to the DFDS Seaways website, the 26-year-old vessel has room for over 1,500 passengers and 600 cars. It was renovated in 2006.

It offers entertainment including restaurants, bars, a nightclub and a casino.

Passengers leave ferry terminal after North Sea fire

Passengers have begun to leave the Port of Tyne ferry terminal after disembarking the MS King Seaways following a fire on board.

Passengers gather outside the Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal at Newcastle Ferry Port Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Two men have been arrested - a 26-year-old man on suspicion of arson and a 28-year-old man on suspicion of affray - following the incident. The ferry was on its way to Holland when the incident happened.

Passengers leave the terminal following the ferry fire. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Two men arrested following North Sea ferry fire

Two men have been arrested by Northumbria Police following a fire on board a ferry in the North Sea.

We received reports from the coastguard at around 12.05am today of a suspected arson on board a ferry in the North Sea. Officers from Northumbria Police are working with DFDS Seaways and others helping to assist with the situation. Two men have been arrested - a 26-year-old man on suspicion of arson and 28-year-old man on suspicion of affray. They are helping us with our inquiries.

– Northumbria Police spokesperson


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Pregnant woman was among those rescued

A pregnant passenger was one of the six people airlifted to hospital off the ferry involved in last night's drama. She and five crew members were airlifted to hospital in Scarborough, it's thought all were suffering from breathing in smoke.

The MS King Seaways ferry, with 946 passengers 127 crew on board had left Newcastle for Amsterdam when a fire broke out in one of the passenger accommodation blocks. It is now back in Newcastle. The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Humber coastguard.

The crew did a magnificent job in putting the fire out. A fire at sea is a very serious matter and could easily have led to loss of lives.

– Humber coastguard watch manager Graham Dawson
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Passengers leave ferry

Passengers on a ferry, that left North Shields bound for Amsterdam, have begun disembarking following a fire onboard.

MS King Seaways left North Shields last night, 40 miles down the coast at Flamborough Head the ferry alarm was forced to return to shore when a fire broke out.

An RAF spokesman has said that a call for rescue for a ferry blaze on the North Sea came in at around 10.40pm for RAF assistance, adding that they thought that 23 people would need to be winched to safety after they had breathed in smoke.

Passengers wait to leave fire hit North Sea ferry

Passenger Steven Basford tweeted this photograph of passengers waiting to get off King Seaways ferry following a fire on board, which left six people needing hospital treatment.

15 passengers and eight crew treated after ferry fire

DFDS Vice President Gert Jakobsen told ITV News that 15 passengers and eight crew members were treated for smoke-related injuries on the King Seaways ferry following a fire on board.

Four crew members and two passenger were later taken to Scarborough Hospital by helicopter for further treatment. Police are investigating the incident.

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