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16 presumed dead in North Sea helicopter crash

LONDON (AFP) –
Coastguards called off late Thursday the search for eight people missing after a helicopter crash in the North Sea, from which eight bodies had already been recovered.


Police said they had given up hope that any of the 14 passengers and two crew on board the helicopter when it went down off the northeast coast of Scotland on Wednesday afternoon had survived.


“The grim reality is that the crew of 16 on board has been lost,” said Assistant Chief Constable Colin Menzies.


The Super Puma helicopter was bringing them back to the mainland from BP’s Miller oilfield, about 270 kilometres (165 miles) off the Scottish coast, when it went down during calm and sunny conditions.


Rescuers retrieved eight bodies from the North Sea in the hours following the crash, but despite a major search operation involving two Royal Air Force helicopters and 16 sea vessels, failed to find any trace of the others.

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