Helicopter crashes in North Sea killing at least 8
There has been a helicopter crash in the North Sea, off the Aberdeenshire coast of Scotland.
The aircraft was returning from a platform belonging to BP around 2pm when it went down 35 miles off the Aberdeenshire coast.
In a statement, Grampian Police said: “We can confirm that eight bodies haven been recovered from the North Sea after a helicopter came down around 35 miles off the coast of Crimond.
“The remaining eight persons are unaccounted for.”
The oil company BP, who ran the Helicopter said to the press: “It was coming on shore from the Miller oil field.
“We’ve activated all our emergency response systems and are working closely with the coastguard."
At least eight people have died after a helicopter with 16 people on board crashed into the North Sea.
The Bond Super Puma came down about 13 miles off Crimond on the Aberdeenshire coast, just before 1400 BST. A major search for survivors was launched.
Police later said eight bodies had been found, with the eight others on board missing. The search operation includes helicopters and an RAF Nimrod.
The crashed helicopter was returning from BP's Miller field.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said: "For the families concerned, it's an appalling tragedy and also for everybody who's worried at this moment, about whether their loved ones have been caught up in this tragedy.