6 January 2014
Transport and offshore union RMT today issued a renewed call for a full public inquiry into helicopter safety as the Fatal Accident Investigation into the 1st April 2009 North Sea helicopter disaster that cost 16 lives opens in Aberdeen today.
General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“While the Fatal Accident Investigation has a role to play it cannot enforce justice or hold anyone to account and is no alternative to the full public inquiry into helicopter safety that RMT has been calling for with the support of the TUC. RMT does however hope that the FAI can answer some of the many question that the relatives, friends and work colleagues of those who lost their lives have been asking. That is why the union is supporting the families at the investigation today.
“The FAI process has been proven to be far too slow and since the 2009 disaster that is under investigation today there have been three further incidents, one of them fatal, and the families and colleagues of all those whose lives have been impacted by the helicopter safety issue have waited far too long for justice. Unfortunately, the FAI cannot deliver that justice and once again we call on the First Minister, Alex Salmond, to throw his weight behind the RMT campaign for a full public inquiry into the whole subject of helicopter safety and the broader issue of working conditions in the offshore industry .