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Oil rig crash copter back on dry land.

THE wreckage of the helicopter that crashed into the North Sea was brought ashore last night.

Sixteen passengers and two crew had to be rescued after the Bond Super Puma ditched near a BP rig around 125 miles east of Aberdeen on Wednesday night.

The fuselage of the craft was hauled by ship to the city's Albert Quay harbour.

Ropes were attached to winch the stricken craft on to dry land.

Locals gathered to watch as the chopper was lifted from a Forth Hunter vessel to the harbourside.

It will be transported by road to the Air Accident Investigation Branch facility in Farnborough, Hampshire, for examination.

Two life rafts used in the craft's evacuation were also brought ashore.

It is not known whether the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder have been recovered.

They may still be in the tail end of the craft, which remains at sea.


Salvaged: The Super Puma returns to Aberdeen last night
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 22, 2009
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