19 October 2020
RMT Press Office:
Offshore union RMT responds to the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the Sumburgh helicopter tragedy which was published today.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"RMT is disappointed that the FAI predictably kept the scope of the inquiry very narrow, looking at the events at the precise moment of the tragedy. There was no consideration of the wider aspects of what led to the tragedy and the loss of four lives, including RMT member Sarah Darnley.
"The fact remains that the tragedy would have been avoided if the safety systems in the helicopter had been enabled. Those systems were inhibited because the pilots hadn’t been trained how to use them.
" The fact the safety systems were fitted in the aircraft tell us the risks of such an event occurring were apparent to the helicopter manufacturer. The fact the pilots weren’t trained to use the safety systems tells us that commercial pressures were a factor in a tragedy which was completely avoidable.
" RMT continues to call for a full public inquiry into the impact of commercial pressures on the helicopter industry in line with the findings of the Transport Select Committee findings in 2014, which looked at the Sumburgh accident.'