Three missing after helicopter crashes in Scotland

LONDON (REUTERS) - Three people are thought to be missing after a helicopter carrying 18 people crashed into the sea in Scotland on Friday.

The Coastguard said 15 people had been rescued from the sea and were taken to hospital, however three people are unaccounted for.

The incident happened near the Shetland Islands, north-east of Edinburgh, and involved a Super Puma helicopter taking 16 passengers and two crew members to and from oil and gas platforms.

The Department of Transport issued an statement on behalf on the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) stating it was "aware of incident" and has deployed a team.

An air and sea search is still continung, with three helicopters and two lifeboats involved in the search and rescue mission.