Helicopter carrying 16 people crashes into the North Sea(updated)

April 1st, 2009 - 8:57 pm ICT by admin  

SCOTLAND (BNO NEWS) — A helicopter carrying 16 people has crashed into the North Sea off Scotland, a spokeswoman for the Aberdeen Coastguard confirms to BNO News.

The aircraft, a Bond Offshore Helicopter, went down about 35 miles off the coast of Crimond, which is between Fraserburgh and Peterhead. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency told BNO News the aircraft was carrying 16 people and Sky News later reported that at least eight bodies had been found, but officials were not immediately able to confirm the report. The Evening Express said at least 10 people were dead.

Two helicopters from the RAF have been scrambled to the scene and a Nimrod marine patrol aircraft has been diverted to the area. Aberdeen Coastguard have begun broadcasting a mayday signal into the area and RNLI lifeboats from Peterhead and Fraserburgh are heading to the scene.

A variety of vessels immediately responded and the nearest vessel, the “Normand Aurora”, has launched its fast rescue craft to the scene.

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