A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into a North Sea helicopter crash that killed four people - including two from the North East- is to be held remotely so no more time is lost.
The Super Puma was carrying 18 people when it ditched on its approach to Sumburgh, Shetland, in 2013.
Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland, County Durham, and George Allison, 57, from Winchester, Hampshire, but originally from South Shields, died in the incident.
Mr Allison, who later lived in Boldon and Jarrow, was killed alongside dad Duncan Munro and two other oil workers - Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin, Moray; Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness;
The FAI into the crash had been scheduled for May but was adjourned due to the coronavirus pandemic.
To avoid further delay, a preliminary hearing will now be held virtually on Friday June 5, when a date will be set for the full inquiry.
Derek Pyle, sheriff principal of Grampian, Highland and Islands, said: “I have been very concerned about the time that has passed since the accident and feel that, despite the challenges, the inquiry should be held remotely so that no further time is lost.
“An enormous amount of work has been carried out behind the scenes to make this possible and I am grateful to the Crown Office, court staff and all the other FAI participants for their commitment.”