A helicopter with at least 13 people on board is reported to have crashed off the western coast of Norway, leading to a plume of smoke rising from the crash site. The crash occurred on the island of Turoey, near Bergen, and Norway's rescue coordination centre said that the chopper was on its way from Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil ASA's Gullfaks oil field on the North Sea to Bergen, a report by CBC News said.
State network TV2 cited police officials to say that there were no survivors and added that the Eurocopter 225 was carrying 11 people affiliated with Statoil and two pilots.
Police spokesman Morten Kronen told CBC News that the helicopters “crashed, it is totally smashed,” and added that there were “reports of an explosion and thick smoke.” He initially said that some people were believed to be in the sea.
Norwegian police said on Twitter, according to the Guardian: “Emergency services en route to a zone near Turoey after reports of a helicopter crash.”
A report by the Associated Press said that many people were feared dead after the crash. Statoil also said, according to AP, that it had “mobilized its emergency response team,” but the company did not comment further.