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Helicopter carrying at least 14 crashes in western Norway

  • A search and rescue vessel patrols off the coast of the island of Turoey, near Bergen, Norway, as emergency workers attend the scene after a helicopter crashed believed to be have 13 people aboard, Friday April 29, 2016.  A helicopter carrying around 13 people from an offshore oil field crashed Friday near the western Norwegian city of Bergen, police said. Many are feared dead.  (Rune Nielsen / NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT

    A search and rescue vessel patrols off the coast of the island of Turoey, near Bergen, Norway, as emergency workers attend the scene after a helicopter crashed believed to be have 13 people aboard, Friday April 29, 2016. A helicopter carrying around 13 people from an offshore oil field crashed Friday near the western Norwegian city of Bergen, police said. Many are feared dead. (Rune Nielsen / NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • A search and rescue vessel patrols off the island of Turoey, near Bergen, Norway, as emergency workers attend the scene of a helicopter crash believed to have 13 people aboard, Friday April 29, 2016.  The helicopter carrying around 13 people from an offshore oil field crashed Friday near the western Norwegian city of Bergen, police said. Many are feared dead.  (Rune Nielsen / NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT

    A search and rescue vessel patrols off the island of Turoey, near Bergen, Norway, as emergency workers attend the scene of a helicopter crash believed to have 13 people aboard, Friday April 29, 2016. The helicopter carrying around 13 people from an offshore oil field crashed Friday near the western Norwegian city of Bergen, police said. Many are feared dead. (Rune Nielsen / NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • A search and rescue vessel patrols off the island of Turoey, near Bergen, Norway, as emergency workers on the shoreline attend the scene after a helicopter crashed believed to be have 13 people aboard, Friday April 29, 2016.  The helicopter carrying around 13 people from an offshore oil field crashed Friday near the western Norwegian city of Bergen, police said. Many are feared dead.  (Marit Hommedal / NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT

    A search and rescue vessel patrols off the island of Turoey, near Bergen, Norway, as emergency workers on the shoreline attend the scene after a helicopter crashed believed to be have 13 people aboard, Friday April 29, 2016. The helicopter carrying around 13 people from an offshore oil field crashed Friday near the western Norwegian city of Bergen, police said. Many are feared dead. (Marit Hommedal / NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT  (The Associated Press)

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.