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Norway helicopter crash: 1 dead, 5 injured.

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In a tragic incident off the coast of western Norway, a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter operated by Bristow Norway crash-landed during a search and rescue training mission on Wednesday, resulting in one fatality and five injuries. The accident prompted a temporary cessation of transportation to and from the country's offshore oil and gas platforms. According to officials, all six crew members were successfully rescued from the sea by emergency responders, but one individual succumbed to injuries at the hospital. Of the remaining survivors, one sustained minor injuries, while the others suffered varying degrees of harm.

The cause of the crash remains unknown, with investigations underway to ascertain the circumstances leading to the tragic incident. Bristow Group, the operator of the aircraft, pledged full cooperation with authorities conducting the inquiry, stating its commitment to gathering relevant information to aid the investigation. Sikorsky, the manufacturer of the helicopter, reiterated its dedication to safety and pledged support for the investigation process.

Equinor, the energy company utilizing the helicopter for search and rescue operations at its Oseberg oil and gas field in the North Sea, expressed deep concern for those involved and affirmed its commitment to assisting those affected by the accident. Equinor's CEO, Anders Opedal, emphasized the company's priority of ensuring the well-being of all individuals involved in the incident. In response to the crash, Equinor suspended regular helicopter flights to its offshore installations in Norway as a precautionary measure to assess the situation and provide support to those impacted.

Efforts are underway to resume normal helicopter operations swiftly, albeit with a focus on safety and careful preparations to mitigate any risks. Equinor emphasized its dedication to swiftly restoring regular transportation services while prioritizing the welfare of its personnel and partners.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the inherent risks associated with offshore operations and underscores the importance of robust safety protocols and vigilant oversight in the aviation sector. As investigations continue and measures are taken to address any potential safety concerns, stakeholders remain committed to ensuring the highest standards of safety and operational integrity in offshore transportation activities.

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