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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The Latest on the crash of a helicopter on an island off western Norway (all times local):
A rescue official says 11 bodies have been found after the crash of a helicopter on an island off the coast of western Norway. Two people are still missing.
Jon Sjursoe, a spokesman for Norway's Joint Rescue Coordination Center, said there were 11 Norwegian nationals, one Briton and one Italian on the Eurocopter EC-225 helicopter that crashed Friday, but he didn't know which were among the confirmed victims.
Norwegian broadcaster NRK said 11 of the 13 people on board were employed by Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil ASA. The company didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.
The helicopter was on its way from the Gullfaks B oil field in the North Sea to Bergen, 120 kilometers (74 miles) away on the Norwegian mainland.
A helicopter carrying 13 people from an offshore oil field has crashed near the western Norwegian city of Bergen, sparking a rescue operation, police and rescue officials said. Many onboard are feared dead.
The crash hit the island of Turoey, near Bergen, on Friday. Police spokesman Morten Kronen said the helicopter "is totally smashed." He told The Associated Press there were "reports of an explosion and thick smoke" and that some people were reported to be in the sea.
He later said so far police could not confirm any survivors.
"It is a very small island and (helicopter) parts are spread partly on land, partly in the sea," said Jon Sjursoe, a spokesman for Norway's Joint Rescue Coordination Center.
Sjursoe said the Eurocopter EC-225 helicopter was carrying 11 passengers and two pilots and belonged to CHC Helicopter, which could not be immediately reached for comment.