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    Helicopter crashes in North Sea

    News // July 19, 2002
    Eleven people are now known to have died as a result of the helicopter crash in the North Sea on July 16th.The crash has been blamed on what has been described as a "catastrophic mechanical failure".The helicopter - a Sikorsky S76 - was on a routine trip from Norwich to rigs in the North Sea, and left Norwich at 1900 BST on Tuesday with nine workers and two crew on board, flew to the Clipper platform, a gas rig in the North Sea, and then continued to the Santa Fe Monarch gas drilling rig.

    The helicopter crashed on this leg of the journey, some two miles from the rig and 25 miles north-east of Great Yarmouth.

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