Eleven Found Dead After Helicopter Crash Off West Norway

At least 11 died and two were missing after a helicopter carrying people from a Statoil ASA-operated oil and gas field offshore Norway crashed near Bergen on Norway’s west coast.

The CHC helicopter was carrying 13 passengers and crew when it went down around noon near Turoey, outside Bergen, coming back from the Gullfaks B platform. Eleven have been found dead and two people are still unaccounted for, said John Sjursoe, a press spokesman for the joint rescue center.

“We’re searching without letup but we fear the worst,” said Morten Kronen, the police operations leader. The helicopter crashed on land on its way to Bergen’s Flesland airport, and it’s too early to say anything about what caused the accident, he said.

It was the first deadly flight accident in Norway’s offshore industry since 1997, when a helicopter on its way to the Norne field crashed in the Norwegian Sea, killing all 12 onboard. The latest fatality in the industry happened in December, when one person was killed after a wave crashed into a rig contracted by Statoil. 

The rotor blade of the helicopter, a Eurocopter 225, was found on land while the hull was under water at a depth of 6 meters to 7 meters, according to Sjursoe.

In the neighboring U.K., helicopter flights were suspended as recently as

Article source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-29/helicopter-crashes-heading-back-from-norway-oilfield-nrk-says

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