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Norwegian helicopter crash victims all presumed dead

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By Euronews
Norwegian helicopter crash victims all presumed dead

<p>All 13 people on a helicopter that crashed off the Norwegian coast on Friday are presumed dead. </p> <p>Dramatic images showed the detached rota blade still spinning as it fell.</p> <p>Plumes of smoke rose from the spot where the aircraft crashed into the North Sea in an area dotted with small islands. </p> <p>Rescue services had recovered 11 bodies by late Friday evening with two others still missing. </p> <p>The helicopter was ferrying the passengers from a Norwegian oil platform towards the city of Bergen, an important hub for the oil and gas industry in the region. </p> <p>The Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, offered her sympathies to the victims’ families:</p> <p>“To all those who feel anxiety and insecurity, loss and pain – you should know that you are not alone in your grief. This is a sad day for all who work in the Norwegian oil and gas business.”</p> <p>Most of the victims were from Norway but there was at least one <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/29/helicopter-crashes-near-bergen-in-norway-turoey">British</a> and an Italian among them. </p> <p>The Norwegian authorities temporarily grounded the type of helicopter that crashed but said it was still too early to establish how the accident had happened.</p>