Oilfield Services Helicopter Ditches in North Sea

CHC operates a fleet of Sikorsky, Agusta-Westland and Eurocopter helicopters in the U.K.

LONDON–An oil-services helicopter crashed into the North Sea Monday with 19 people on board, the U.K. coastguard and the operating company said Monday. No one was killed.

After a major search-and-rescue operation, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said all those on board were accounted for.

The MCA said the helicopter was believed to be on its way from Aberdeen to the West Phoenix drilling rig in the Laggan and Tormore fields that are operated by Total SA (TOT).

Separately, operator CHC Helicopter confirmed an “incident” involving one of its aircraft at 1530 local time approximately 50 kilometers southwest of Shetland, an archipelago that marks the division of the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea.

According to its website, CHC operates Sikorsky, Agusta-Westland and Eurocopter helicopters in the U.K.

By Ben Winkley. (c) 2012 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.