Norwegian helicopter company grounds fleet after fatal crash

The Norwegian helicopter operator whose aircraft crashed into a mountain in northern Norway on Saturday killing all six people aboard says it has temporarily grounded its 25-strong fleet out of respect for the relatives of the victims and its staff

HELSINKI -- The Norwegian helicopter operator whose aircraft crashed into a mountain in northern Norway on Saturday killing all six people aboard says it has temporarily grounded its 25-strong fleet out of respect for the relatives of the victims and its staff.

The helicopter crashed with five Norwegian passengers, all in their early twenties, and a Swedish pilot southwest of the Arctic town of Alta. Norwegian authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

The helicopter was chartered to fly participants in and out of a music festival a few kilometers from the crash site.