All 13 on crashed Norwegian helicopter identified, police say

Norwegian police said Monday they have identified all 13 people who died last week when a helicopter carrying North Sea oil platform workers crashed on Norway's western coast.

Eleven of the deceased in Friday's crash were Norwegian nationals, one was a British citizen and one was Italian, investigators told public broadcaster NRK.

The Eurocopter model EC225 aircraft was bound for Bergen from the Gullfaks B oil platform, operated by Norwegian energy company Statoil, when it crashed near Turoy, about 40 kilometres from its destination.

It was carrying 11 passengers and two crew members. One of the pilots was Italian, the other was Norwegian.

The Norwegian Accident Investigation Board told NRK that data had been successfully retrieved from the helicopter's flight data and cockpit voice recorders that were sent to Britain for analysis at the weekend.

The cause of the accident remains unknown.

Part of the wreckage was salvaged late Friday from the sea at a depth of six to seven metres. The rotor blade was found earlier on a small island.

On Monday, Statoil chief executive Eldar Saetre visited the platform, telling reporters on his return to the mainland that the company would commission its own probe into the accident to "learn as much as possible." Statoil was committed to safety, he added.

Employees in the oil and gas industry held a minute of silence to honour the victims.  

Energy company Shell, meanwhile, said it would for now suspend its use of the CHC Helicopter Service that operated the crashed aircraft, pending a review of the company's safety routines.

Last update: Mon, 02/05/2016 - 18:59

More from Europe

Left-winger and former premier top French primary

Benoit Hamon and Manuel Valls were out in front in France's nationwide primary on Sunday to choose who will be the...

Romanian president joins thousands in anti-government rally

Thousands of Romanians were joined by President Klaus Iohannis in a street protest in Bucharest on Sunday against...

Suspected accomplice detained in Germany in foiled Vienna attack

A 21-year-old man and his wife have been arrested in their home in the western German city of Neuss on suspicion of...

May vows to press Trump on "unacceptable" remarks in Friday meeting

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday vowed to confront US President Donald Trump about any "unacceptable"...

Hungarian bus company probed for negligence after Italy crash

Criminal negligence charges are being mulled against the owners of a bus that was in a fatal accident in Italy at...