Norwegian police say a helicopter carrying at least 14 has crashed near the western city of Bergen.

Police spokesman Morten Kronen says the helicopter "has crashed, it is totally smashed."

Kronen says there were "reports of an explosion and thick smoke" and that there were people in the sea.

Kroner said Friday the crash took place on the island of Turoey, near Bergen, and did not explain why people had ended up in the water. He could not say what kind of helicopter was involved.