Petition of the Lord Advocate for an order in terms of The Civil Aviation Regulations 1996

The Lord Advocate has been granted an order for the cockpit voice and flight data recorder from a Super Puma helicopter which crashed into the North Sea in 2013 to be made available to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and Police Scotland for the purposes of investigating the circumstances of the death of the four passengers whose lives were lost, and whether, and if so against whom, to launch a prosecution.

Lord Jones granted the order for disclosure in terms of the Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations 1996, subject to certain conditions, after being satisfied that “the Lord Advocate's investigation into the circumstances of the death of each of those who perished in this case is both in the public interest and in the interests of justice”.

Lord Jones’ Opinion is available here.