Preliminary report into helicopter crash near Bergen

The Air Accident Investigation Board of Norway (AIBN) has published a preliminary report on the accident at Turøy, near Bergen, Norway on 29 April 2016.

An Airbus H225 helicopter was en route from an offshore platform in the Norwegian sector to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter was cruising at 600m when the Main Rotor Head (MRH) and mast suddenly detached. The helicopter impacted on a small island and caught fire. The main wreckage thereafter ended in the sea where it came to rest at a depth of 1-9 meters. 11 passengers and two crew perished in the accident.

The AIBN notes:

“The Preliminary report is published to disseminate information obtained during the earliest stages of the investigation. The intention is to give a brief update on the progress and findings two weeks into the investigation. The report is factual and contains neither conclusions nor safety recommendations”.

The helicopter accident preliminary report can be downloaded from

The Norwegian Air Accident Investigation Board website can be found at