Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Black box found after UK helicopter crash

Accident investigators have located the flight data recorder from a helicopter which crashed into the sea killing seven people in the UK.

The flight recorder may contain vital information about the cause of the crash in Morecambe Bay on December 27.

``Recovery of the recorder together with any associated wreckage will begin as soon as weather conditions allow,'' said a spokesman for the British Department for Transport.

The Eurocopter AS365N pitched into the sea as it collected workers from Centrica gas rigs.

Police and the helicopter's owner, Aberdeen-based CHC Helicopter Corporation, have refused to comment on speculation that mechanical failure was to blame.

It is understood no mayday call was received, and gas workers who witnessed the tragedy said the helicopter did not appear to clip a rig.

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