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British national dies in Norway helicopter crash

Rescuers work at a site where a helicopter has crashed, west of the Norwegian city of Bergen. Credit: Reuters

A British national has died in a helicopter crash in Norway, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.

The statement comes as local police told Norwegian media that all passengers that were on board the Eurocopter helicopter that crashed off Norway's coast are presumed dead.

The Rescue Coordination Centre said rescuers are ending operations.

Norway helicopter crash: All 13 passengers presumed dead

All 13 passengers on board the helicopter that crashed off the west coast of Norway are presumed dead, local police told a Norwegian daily newspaper.

Emergency services have found 11 bodies but the search for the remaining two passengers is ongoing, a spokesman from the Rescue Coordination Centre for Southern Norway confirmed.

One British and one Italian national were among 13 passengers on board the Eurocopter model that crashed on Friday on its way to shore from Statoil's Gullfaks B platform in the North Sea. The other passengers were Norwegian.

The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority said it has imposed a flying ban on the helicopter type involved the crash.

The authority said in a statement: "There have been challenges with this kind of helicopter model in 2012, when errors in the main gear box were identified. That model received flying restrictions in 2012 and 2013."


Air investigators head to Norway after helicopter crash

Rescuers at the scene of the crash Credit: Reuters

UK accident investigators are being sent to Norway after a helicopter crash on Friday killed at least 11 people.

Officials are being deployed to the Nordic country to assist with the crash investigation just off the Norwegian coast.

The aircraft was believed to have been carrying 13 people - including a Briton - from an offshore oil field when it came down near the city of Bergen.

"We were sad to hear of the loss of a helicopter west of Bergen, Norway", AAIB chief inspector Keith Conradi said.

"The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has offered to assist the Accident Investigation Board Norway with their investigation and is deploying a team of inspectors."

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