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Two ONGC officers feared among 5 killed in chopper crash off Mumbai

The chopper was scheduled to land at the designated oil rig at Mumbai High at 11 AM

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

ONGC chopper crash
ONGC chopper crash | Photo tweeted by @ANI

Two senior officers of are feared to have been killed along with three others in a helicopter crash off on Saturday.

A Pawan Hans helicopter, which was heading to ONGC's north field with seven people on board, went missing off the coast, official sources said.

Speaking on the matter, Dharmendra Pradhan said, "Navy & Coast Guard are on their job. I am also going to to coordinate things. I will discuss it with Defense Minister. She is also cooperating & has instructed Navy & Coast Guard to look into the issue extensively".

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

The chopper was scheduled to land at the designated oil rig at High at 11 AM, the sources said. Search operations are on, they added.

The Navy said it had deployed its stealth frigate for the search operation while surveillance is also being press into service.

The Indian Coast Guard has tweeted about the identification recovered from the debris.

The President of India has expressed his condolence regarding the incident.

First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 16:24 IST