Court ruling over helicopter crash which killed South Tyneside man

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A court bid by Scotland’s top prosecutor to obtain the black box from a helicopter which crashed off Shetland with the loss of four lives – including South Tyneside man George Allison – has been granted by a judge.

The Super Puma was carrying 16 passengers and two crew when it crashed into the sea on its approach to Sumburgh Airport on August 23, 2013.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) began an immediate investigation into the crash which has not been concluded.

The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, went to the Court of Session, in Edinburgh, to ask for the black box to be made available to him and Police Scotland.

Prosecutors had asked the AAIB to make the recorder available to them for use in their investigations but the AAIB refused to do so in the absence of a court order.

Judge Lord Jones has ruled that the black box should be made available.

He said: “The cockpit voice recording and the flight data recording will provide relevant, accurate and reliable evidence.