Rescuers have confirmed the death of 11 people after a helicopter crash in Norway this morning. Workers are still combing the debris and coastline hoping to find any survivors.
The helicopter had 13 people on board and was transporting them from an offshore oil site in the North Sea
A Norwegian police officer gave a brief description of the crash saying the helicopter is, “totally smashed” and that no other survivors have been found. Police confirmed they will continue searches.
An eyewitness spoke of the terrifying event:
“The helicopters rotor blades came rushing towards us, then we heard a violent explosion.”
The energy company Statoil owns the Gulfaks B platform the helicopter was flying back from and have temporarily grounded all helicopters as a precaution.
Description of helicopter below:
Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma
- Widely used in offshore oil and gas industry around the world
- More than 220 in service
- Can also be used in search and rescue and fire-fighting roles
- Carries 19 passengers plus two crew and can fly for up to five-and-a-half hours
- Safety features include self-deployable emergency flotation device, and traffic collision and avoidance system Source