Saturday 16 December 2017

Up to 13 feared dead after helicopter crashes off Norway's west coast as bodies recovered from sea

The crash site near Bergen
The crash site near Bergen
A search and rescue vessel patrols off the coast of the island of Turoey, near Bergen, Norway, as emergency workers attend the scene after a helicopter crashed believed to be have 13 people aboard. (Rune Nielsen / NTB scanpix via AP)
A helicopter has crashed near the Norwegian city of Bergen

Emergency services have found several bodies after a helicopter crashed off the west coast off Norway on Friday, a local newspaper reported, citing a police official.

The number of dead could not yet be verified, Morten Kronen was quoted as saying by regional paper Bergens Tidende.

Some 13 people were on board the helicopter, which was on its way to shore from Statoil's Gullfaks B platform in the North Sea.

"We have not found any survivors. We are still looking," said Morten Kronen of the region's police force. "We are searching a large ocean area."

Statoil separately said it had temporarily grounded all helicopters of the type that crashed.


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