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Three missing after Shetland crash
Three people are missing and 15 have been rescued after a helicopter ditched in the sea off Shetland, the coastguard agency has confirmed.
A search operation is continuing involving coastguard, police, RAF and local lifeboats following the incident at 6.20pm around two miles west of Sumburgh airport, on the southern tip of the main island.
The helicopter's life rafts were found empty and some wreckage from the aircraft has started to wash up at the southern end of Sumburgh, the coastguard said.
A spokeswoman said: "There were 18 people on board and 15 have been recovered, there is still an ongoing search and rescue mission for the three missing people."
The helicopter was on approach to Sumburgh Airport when it went down.
A statement from operators CHC Helicopter said: "We can confirm that an L2 aircraft has landed in the water, approximately two miles west of Sumburgh.
"The aircraft was on approach to Sumburgh Airport at approximately 6.20pm when contact was lost with air traffic control. We can confirm there were 16 passengers on board, and two crew."
Those who were rescued have been taken to a hospital on Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "The search is currently ongoing involving a number of agencies, coordinated by Maritime and Coastguard Agency and so far 15 people have been uplifted to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick.
"Sumburgh Airport is currently closed to allow emergency services to deal with the ongoing incident."
CHC said a helpline has been set up for concerned relatives on 01224 296 866.