Helicopter ditches into loch in Western Isles
A person has died after a helicopter ditched right into a loch on an island within the Outer Hebrides, police have mentioned.
The 58-year-old died after the AS350 Squirrel airplane plunged into the loch between Lochmaddy and Clachan Na Luib on North United states of america at about 10.15am on Wednesday.
Officials from the Air Injuries Investigation Department are travelling to the Outer Hebrides island off the west coast of Scotland.
No different persons are believed to had been on board the PDG Aviation-owned helicopter, which used to be running for the Scottish Salmon Corporate, on the time.
Police Scotland mentioned officials had been referred to as at about 10.15am and stay on the scene.
Native roads had been pressured to near as police and ambulance crews attended the incident.
The A867, which crosses the island, used to be close between the villages of Lochmaddy and Clachan Na Luib
A PDG Aviation spokesman mentioned: “I’m able to verify it used to be one in all our airplane.
“It used to be out running on the time for the Scottish Salmon Corporate, however it used to be now not sporting salmon.
“We need to paintings with the government to lend a hand in investigation and to find out precisely what came about.”
The Scottish Salmon Corporate’s website online mentioned this can be a sea loch salmon farming trade which sells about 25,000 tonnes of “top rate Scottish salmon a 12 months to over 25 nations world wide”.
A Scottish Ambulance Provider spokesman mentioned: “We won a decision at 10.22am to wait an incident at North United states of america.
“We dispatched two ambulances and a group chief to the scene.”
Loganair mentioned delays had been imaginable to a few of its flights.
A spokesman mentioned: “We’re conscious there was a helicopter incident in North United states of america and our ideas are with all the ones affected.
“Please be instructed the incident is impacting upon adventure occasions to/from Benbecula Airport.”