Sumburgh FAI procedural hearing

The Sumburgh Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) into the crash of a helicopter near Shetland is to be heard remotely.

A prelminary hearing has been scheduled for Friday 5 June when a further date will be set for the full Inquiry.

Sheriff Principal of Grampian, Highland and Islands Derek Pyle has determined that, in order to progress the Inquiry while also adhering to Scottish Government health guidance, it should be heard virtually. The FAI was scheduled to be held last month but was adjourned in view of the health guidelines surrounding the coronavirus lockdown.

Sheriff Principal Pyle said today: “I have been very concerned about the time that has passed since the accident and feel that, despite the challenges, the Inquiry should be held remotely so that no further time is lost. An enormous amount of work has been carried out behind the scenes to make this possible and I am grateful to the Crown Office, court staff and all the other FAI participants for their commitment.”

Public and media access will be available. For information on accessing the hearing see the Fatal Accident Inquiry page of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals website. The details in relation to how to access the hearing will be updated when available. 

Any queries should be directed to

Latest News


Keep up to date with the latest developments here or follow us on Twitter

Read the latest news