11 people found dead in Norway helicopter crash

Several witnesses described seeing a powerful explosion and people were seen in the sea


Reuters April 29, 2016
Rescuers work at a site where a helicopter has crashed, west of the Norwegian city of Bergen April 29, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

OSLO: Emergency services have found 11 bodies after a helicopter crashed off the west coast off Norway on Friday, a rescue official told broadcaster NRK.

A search for the remaining two passengers was ongoing, a spokesperson from the Rescue Coordination Centre for Southern Norway told NRK, adding that among the 13 passengers were one British and one Italian national. The others were Norwegian.



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The crashed helicopter is a Eurocopter model according to the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority. Eurocopter is made by a subsidiary of planemaker Airbus.

"There have been challenges with this kind of helicopter model in 2012, when errors in the main gear box were identified," the authority said in a statement.

"That model received flying restrictions in 2012 and 2013."

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