The police have confirmed that the 13 people on board a CHC helicopter on assignment for Statoil are presumed dead. The helicopter was en route from Gullfaks B to Bergen, and went down outside Turøy in Fjell municipality outside Bergen.
Statoil received notification of the accident on 29 April at 12.20, and immediately mobilised its emergency response organisation.
There were two pilots and 11 passengers on board the helicopter. The 11 passengers were employed by the following companies: Halliburton, Aker Solutions, Schlumberger, Welltec, Karsten Moholt and Statoil. The two pilots were employed by CHC. One of the 13 was a Statoil employee.
The production at Gullfaks B has been temporarily shut down, and emergency personnel have been sent out to assist those on board.
A centre for next of kin has been established at Scandic Bergen Airport Hotel, where the police, a seaman's priest, psychologists and other personnel with experience from following up next of kin and others affected are available.
Statoil has temporarily grounded all similar traffic helicopters.
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