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Helicopter firm 'dismissed fears'

Oil workers who expressed concerns about their helicopters were reportedly told to put on "big boy pants" in the weeks before the crash off Shetland that killed four people.

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Offshore operators meet after Shetland crash

An emergency meeting of key offshore operators is being held today to discuss contingency plans following a fatal helicopter crash in the North Sea. Super Puma flights to and from UK offshore installations were suspended in the wake of Friday's crash in which four people were killed.

The helicopters account for about half of the available seats used to transfer platform workers to and from the UK offshore installations.

The meeting is expected to look into the use of alternative helicopters, alternative available flights, and the possibility of transferring workers by boat.

Hundreds of workers are flown to and from oil platforms every day and there are concerns that the grounding of the Super Puma will cause a backlog of workers waiting to go on and offshore.

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