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Daughter tells of helicopter pain


Brogan Taylor said it was 'unbelievable' that neither she or her brother were informed of the crash in which her father died.

The daughter of a victim of the North Sea helicopter disaster has spoken of her grief about the tragedy.

Brogan Taylor, 18, lost her father Leslie Taylor, 41, of Kintore, when the Super Puma crashed off Aberdeenshire on Wednesday, killing 16 people.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, Brogan, of Aberdeen, said: "He was a really happy person and he was so friendly to everyone."

Investigations have resumed into the reasons for the helicopter crash.

The bodies of eight men have been recovered, and efforts are continuing to try to find the bodies of the other men - including Mr Taylor.

Fighting back tears about her father, who worked for KCA Deutag, Brogan said: "He cared a lot about his family."

If they find out what went wrong then they can fix it and this won't happen to anyone else in the future and I wouldn't wish it on anyone else
Brogan Taylor
Leslie Taylor's daughter

She went on: "My family are are really, really upset, especially my mum. Even though mum and dad weren't together it still affects everyone.

"I feel like it's a bit of a waste. All the people that got killed, it feels like they did all that training to get out of a helicopter safely for nothing."

Brogan said her father had worked offshore for about 20 years, and was slightly nervous about helicopter flights.

She said: "I hope they do a proper investigation into what is going on with all the helicopters.

"I wouldn't say it's not safe, I just say that the company needs to investigate, because there have been two accidents in the past six weeks which I think should be deeply scrutinised.

Leslie Taylor
Leslie Taylor was one of the 16 men who lost their lives

"If they find out what went wrong then they can fix it and this won't happen to anyone else in the future. I wouldn't wish it on anyone else," she added.

Brogan had contacted the BBC Scotland news website to criticise the authorities over the way they contacted families.

She said: "I was told by one of my father's friends as my father was re-married, and I think the fact that no-one has bothered to inform me or my younger brother about the actual crash is just unbelievable.

"I am deeply upset at how many people have lost their lives but I'm also upset about how the families seem to be able to get information from the press but not the actual authorities themselves."

But she added: "I know they have done a lot for other families, and the emergency services have been great."

The fuselage, thought to contain the bodies of eight missing men, is still understood to be lying on the seabed.

Efforts to retrieve it will continue, as well as attempts to recover the black box flight data recorder.

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