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ONGC chopper, with seven on board crashes in Mumbai

ONGC chopper, with seven on board crashes in Mumbai
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Mumbai: A helicopter carrying seven people at early morning, including five ONGC employees, crashed off Mumbai’s coast on Saturday. Three bodies have been recovered, Coast Guard said. The Pawan Hans chopper went missing after it took off from Juhu airport at 10:20am in Mumbai. The helicopter lost contact with air traffic control (ATC) 15 minutes later 30 nautical miles offshore.

The Indian Navy has deployed a frigate and a surveillance aircraft to locate the missing chopper while the Coast Guard said that “some debris has been located”, but did not elaborate.

The chopper, Dauphin N3, bearing registration number VT-PWA, took off from Juhu aerodrome at 10.25 AM, with five ONGC employees and two pilots onboard, they said.

The chopper was scheduled to land at the designated oil rig at Mumbai High at 11 AM, the sources said.

Search operations are on, they added.

The Navy said it had deployed its stealth frigate INS Teg for the search operation while surveillance aircraft P8i has also been press into service.

The Coast Guard said that it has diverted ships which were at sea and also those sailing from Mumbai.

“A Dornier aircraft and helicopters from Daman (near Dahanu) have also been launched,” a Coast Guard spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that “some debris has been located”, but did not say if it belonged to the chopper.

— PTI