All 13 passengers feared dead in Bergen chopper crash
April 29,Bergen: Eleven of the thirteen people on board the oil rig the helicopter, which crashed near Bergen have been killed.
According to the authorities they have recovered the bodies of eleven passengers, rescue workers are still looking out for the two missing people.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre of Southern Norway (Hovedredningssentralen i Sør-Norge - JRCC) has stated that the helicopter,had crashed en route from a North Sea offshore oil platform, and was carrying 11 Norwegians, one Briton and one Italian.
According to a JRCC spokesman, the helicopter was totally destroyed. "Parts of it are on land and parts are in the sea," John Sjursø told VG, adding that there was a "huge" rescue operation underway. Similarly, JRCC spokesman Anders Bang Andersen said that the chopper has been located and they are doing everything possible to rescue the occupants. " We are searching in the hope of finding survivors. So far we have not seen any sign of survivors," he said.
Several witnesses described seeing a powerful explosion and people were seen in the sea.
"I heard a helicopter coming from the North Sea. It was a strange sound. As I looked up the rotor flew off to the left as the helicopter came down to the right," eyewitness Jon Sekkingstad told broadcaster NRK.
The helicopter had been returning from one of Norway's biggest offshore oil fields, which is operated by state-owned Statoil.
Meanwhile, PM Erna Solberg has expressed her deepest condolences to the families of the victims."You are not alone in your sorrow," Prime Minister Erna Solberg, said in an address to the nation.
The Oslo Times