Image courtesy of CHC Helicopters.

The funeral for a Scottish oil worker who was killed in a helicopter crash late last month will take place at the end of the week.

According to the BBC, the funeral for Iain Stuart, 41 of Aberdeen, will take place on Friday at the Laurencekirk Parish Church.

Stuart, a Halliburton employee, was one of the 13 people killed on April 29 when a Super Puma helicopter travelling from the Statoil’s Gulfaks B platform to Bergen, Norway crashed into the sea.

CHC Helicopters said last week that the Accident Investigation Branch Norway believes that the EC225 LP helicopter “suffered in-flight separation of the main rotor hub from the main gearbox.”

A full investigation is still being conducted.

In a statement to the Press Association seen by the Guardian last week, CHC confirmed that the helicopter had returned to base twice for repairs in the days leading up to the accident.

CHC added that the aircraft successfully completed six commercial flights after those repairs were made.

“Finding an answer to why the helicopter crashed is very important, both to the next of kin and to all who have the Norwegian continental shelf as their work place. The safety of everyone working for Statoil is the most important thing for us,” Statoil CEO Eldar Sætre said following the accident.


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