Tributes were paid last night to the helicopter co-pilot from Worcestershire who died along with 16 others when the aircraft crashed in to the North Sea.
Richard Menzies, from Droitwich Spa, was named by police as being among the victims on board the Super Puma.
The 24-year-old was flying the helicopter back from a BP platform alongside Captain Paul Burnham when it plunged into the sea in what has been described as a “catastrophic impact” 14 miles from Peterhead.
Mr Menzies was employed by Aberdeen-based Bond Helicopters which operates flights to oil rigs off Scotland.
The company’s spokesman Bill Munro said: “Richard was a dedicated pilot as indeed all our pilots are. This is a tragic loss for all concerned.
“These are tragic, tragic events and we will fully comply with the AAIB investigation which kicked off last night and proceeds today.”
Eight bodies have so far been recovered from the wreckage of the craft and police have said that there is no hope of finding any survivors.
In February another Super Puma operated by BP crashed in the North Sea.
On that occasion all 18 people on board survived when the helicopter ditched 125 miles east of Aberdeen.
BP has announced it will temporarily stop using Bond helicopters and Bond has grounded its Super Puma fleet.
The helicopter was said to be flying in calm and sunny conditions on Wednesday afternoon when it crashed.
Nine of the other victims worked for oil and gas firm KCA Deutag.
The family of one victim, 53-year-old Gareth Hughes of Arbroath, said they had come up against a “brick wall” in trying to get information about the crash.
Daughter Victoria Williams said: “They couldn’t tell us anything. They couldn’t tell us whether my dad had been on that flight.
“I am saddened by the fact they couldn’t even give us the respect to tell us that my dad was on the flight and I think it’s disrespectful to him, to us and any other family that is going through the same thing.”
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said its investigation had begun into the crash.
A spokesman said: “A team of 13 AAIB personnel comprising inspectors and support staff have arrived in Aberdeen, supported by representatives and advisers from the aviation industry. A search for the wreckage has been initiated.”
A report would be published in due course, he added.
BP’s Bernard Looney said those on board had not been wearing personal locator beacons but that would have made little difference. He said the beacons were useful in situations of low visibility and when rescue craft were some distance away.
He said: “It seems highly unlikely that they would have made a difference.”
Mr Looney said any workers with reservations about flying as part of their job would not be made to do so.
He said: “If people are concerned about flying and flying offshore we will not force them to fly. That is very, very clear.”