THE wreckage of the Super Puma helicopter which crashed off Shetland, killing four of its 18 occupants, is set to be brought ashore.
The recovery operation was continuing today, Police Scotland have confirmed.
Elgin woman Sarah Darnley (45) was one of the four oil workers killed when the helicopter crashed in the North Sea as it came in to land at Sumburgh.
Police Scotland and the Air Accident Investigation Branch are continuing a joint investigation into the circumstances of the incident.
Detective Superintendent Malcolm Stewart, who is leading the enquiry, said: "This investigation involves a number of officers from across Scotland and we currently have a team of 25 officers conducting enquiries in Shetland, with a similar number carrying out enquiries in Aberdeen.
"A number of resources from across Scotland have had to been deployed and there remains a large amount of complex and sensitive work to be carried out."
The Super Puma helicopter fleet, around 50% of the offshore helicopter resource, has been grounded pending the outcome of the investigation.
Added Det Supt Stewart: "In terms of the enquiry, officers are continuing to trace, interview and take statements from a large number of individuals, both on and offshore and this evidence will form an integral part of the ongoing investigation.
"In addition, family liaison officers continue to support the families of those who died."
Ms Darnley’s parents Anne and Edmund live in New Elgin.
The other three victims were Duncan Munro (46), from Bishop Auckland, Gary McCrossan (59) from Inverness and George Allison (57) from Winchester.