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Chris GordonFamilies of 2009 Super Puma crash offer condolences to families of latest accident victims.

Thompsons Solicitors has opened a free legal advice line for victims of the Shetland helicopter crash. The law firm has been advising victims and trade unions with regards to a fatal accident inquiry following the 2009 Super Puma crash which killed 16 people. The firm is now offering its expertise to the victims of this latest tragedy.

Four people were killed following the crash off Shetland on Friday evening with a further fourteen being rescued. It is understood the helicopter ditched suddenly with no opportunity to make a crash landing.

Thompsons Partner Chris Gordon is based in Aberdeen and has significant experience dealing with off shore accidents. Responding to this latest tragedy he said: “This will be an extremely difficult time for both the families of the deceased and the survivors. While those working in this industry are well aware of the risks no one expects their loved ones to go to work and never return.

“Thompsons has opened a free legal helpline for anyone involved in this tragedy and we would urge people to get in touch. The coming days and months, while very difficult will also be hugely important in piecing together what has happened and what needs to be done to prevent a further tragedy in similar circumstances.”

Thompsons has been working closely with Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson on the launch of a consultation for a Members’ Bill to radically overhaul the FAI system. The families of the 2009 ditching have experienced first-hand the failings of the current system. ChrisGordon added: “Families from the 2009 tragedy have expressed significant concern at the handling of the investigations into the incident which happened over four years ago. The announcement that there will be no prosecution after a four year investigation has caused great distress to the families. The Crown Office has so far refused to divulge why there are no criminal proceedings.

“The families are staggered by the treatment they have received and they still want answers. These families have also expressed their sadness and condolences for the victims and families of this latest in a series of accidents.”

Anyone involved in the Shetland tragedy is urged to contact Thompsons in confidence on 0800 6341363.

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