ELEVEN oil workers and two crew members were killed yesterday when a helicopter crashed on an island off western Norway.
The aircraft was carrying 11 Norwegians, one Briton and one Italian from the Gullfaks B oil field in the North Sea to Bergen, 74 miles away on the Norwegian mainland, when it crashed shortly after noon.
Norwegian broadcaster NRK said 11 of those on board were employed by Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil.
Police spokesman Morten Kronen said the helicopter was “totally smashed” when it hit the tiny island of Turoey, near Bergen, and 11 victims were found on land.
The rescuers later called off the air-sea search for the remaining two victims, saying: “We do not believe anyone can be found alive.”
The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority said it was banning flights by the Airbus EC-225 type involved in the crash until further notice.