Helicopter Wreckage Retrieved off Norwegian Coast After Deadly Crash

Norwegian investigators have recovered the wreckage of the Sikorsky S-92 involved in a fatal crash in which one person died.

The Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority (NSIA) says the helicopter was located at a depth of 220m.

Following recovery by an offshore ship during the night of 1 March, it was transferred to Haakonsvern naval base for initial technical investigation.

To remind, a Sikorsky S-92A helicopter, LN-OIJ, operated by Bristow Norway AS crashed on February 28 during search and rescue (SAR) training in night conditions after departing from Flesland (ENBR).

The helicopter departed from Flesland (ENBR) to conduct SAR training west of Løno, Sotra.

All six onboard were picked up from the sea by a rescue helicopter and transported to Haukeland University Hospital Bergen. One person was seriously injured, and one person later died.

The NSIA is having a press conference today, Monday 4 March, according to investigators.

Images released by the Norwegian authority show the helicopter recovered in position west of Bergen. Other photos show the recovery of the helicopter by the Normand Ocean vessel.

The helicopter, operated by the company Bristow, one of the largest companies flying crew to and from oil platforms in the North Sea, was on an exercise for Equinor when the accident occurred, as the Norwegian government-owned radio and television broadcasting NRK reported last week.

“This is a deeply tragic incident. Today is a difficult day for many. Our thoughts are with the families, loved ones and others affected,” commented last week Anders Opedal, the president and CEO of Equinor.