March 22, 2018

Helicopter with over a dozen on board crashes off Norway coast

Representational Image[Reuters]

A helicopter has crashed off the west coast of Norway near Bergen. A number of people are visible in the sea, while the helicopter is stranded on a small island, witnesses told TV2 news channel.

“We have received many, many reports of a helicopter crash just west of Turoy near Bergen. Many people have reported that they heard an explosion and saw smoke. We can confirm that a helicopter has crashed and that there are people in the sea,”police told the Verdens Gang newspaper.

Norwegian police say at least 14 people were on board the helicopter when it came down. The area has frequent helicopter traffic servicing offshore oil platforms in the North Sea off the Norwegian coast. Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Administration says the helicopter was carrying 13 people.

“We do not know the sequence of events or what the helicopter to come down,” Bjorn Jarle, from the Rescue Coordination Center for South Norway.

Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. Reports say there was no problem with the weather as conditions were good for flying, according to local meteorologists.

The Norwegian publication Aftonbladet said the helicopter was headed towards the Brage oil field in the North Sea, which is operated by the German oil company Wintershall.

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