The oil and gas major Statoil, was notified of a helicopter crash in Norway at 12.20pm today. The crash has happened west of the Norwegian city of Bergen and is thought to have 13 people on board.
It is not yet known of any survivors, although there have been reports from rescue officials that people were seen in the sea. However, the impact of the crash has been so severe that the helicopter appears to have been totally destroyed, with thick smoke showing in photographs taken from the crash site.
Statoil has confirmed that it has mobilized its emergency response organization and grounded all CHC Helicopters.