Norway: Eleven killed in helicopter crashes

    Norway: Eleven killed in helicopter crashes

    April 29, Bergen: Eleven people have been found dead and two are missing after a helicopter crashed west of the Norwegian city of Bergen carrying 13.

    Rescuers said that 11 of those on board were Norwegian, one was British and one Italian.

    Photos from the scene show thick smoke coming from an area of rocky islets. The helicopter was "totally destroyed", reports said. It was flying from the Gullfaks oil field to Bergen, a centre for the North Sea oil and gas industry, BBC reported.

    Oil company Statoil, which said the aircraft was "on assignment" for it, has temporarily grounded all helicopters of the same type, the Eurocopter (EC) 225 Super Puma. It came down near the small island of Turoey, just west of the village of Solsvik, according to reports.

    Police spokesman Morten Kronen said a major operation, which included firefighters, divers and medical workers, was under way to rescue the two missing people.

    The Oslo Times


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