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A rescue operation is underway after a helicopter ditched in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland this afternoon.
A helicopter with 16 people on board was returning from an oil platform in the North Sea.
The incident is believed to have happened about 35 miles east of Crimond at about 2pm.
It is no yet known if anyone has been killed.
Initial investigation has revealed that the Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma helicopter lost in the North Sea on 1 April suffered a catastrophic failure of its main rotor gearbox, causing the main rotor head to detach.
The main rotor blades struck the pylon and tail boom, severing it from the fuselage, and the aircraft crashed into the sea, about 17km off the Scottish coast, killing all 16 on board.