30-Jan-2014 Source: Irwin Mitchell
Specialist aviation lawyers representing a growing number of victims of the Clutha tragedy in Glasgow have written to Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin, urging him to launch a public inquiry into commercial helicopter safety in the UK and review the laws that exempt helicopters from having to carry crucial black box equipment.
In a letter also sent to members of the UK and Scottish Parliaments, including David Cameron and Alex Salmond, Irwin Mitchell’s Aviation Law team, which recently commenced legal action for injured victims and families who lost loved ones in the crash on 29 November last year, are calling for a public inquiry to consider:
The experts, who also act for victims of a number of other helicopter crashes including a fatal Eurocopter crash off the coast of Shetland in August last year, the ditching of another Eurocopter in the North Sea in October 2012 and the crash of an Augusta Westland helicopter in Vauxhall, London in January 2013, say there have been at least 20 helicopter accidents in UK airspace, with at least 40 fatalities since 2009.
The Transport Committee last year launched a review into the operations of offshore helicopters in the North Sea, but Irwin Mitchell’s experts believe a much wider investigation is now needed.
Irwin Mitchell’s continuing campaign regarding helicopter safety has come months after similar lobbying work on behalf of the families of British passengers killed in the Sita Air crash in Nepal in September 2012, which led to a ban on the country’s airlines flying in EU airspace.