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Pawan Hans chopper with 7 crashes off Mumbai, 3 bodies found

IANS  |  Mumbai 

A helicopter with at least five officials and two pilots on board crashed shortly after take-off from Airport here on Saturday.

In a massive sea and launched by the (ICG) and other agencies, three bodies were found besides some parts of the crashed chopper.

ICG ship Agrim, managed to recover three bodies from the Arabian Sea, including one of a passenger named Pankaj Garg, while the search continues for the remaining four missing.

An ICG said part of the chopper wreckage was found near Uttan Beach, in district.

The Dauphin chopper took off at 10.20 a.m.

Just 15 minutes later, it suddenly lost contact with both the ATC and the (ONGC).

At that time, it was reported to be flying around 55 km off the shoreline, on a regular sortie to the ONGC's High oilfields, around 175 km northwest from here.

The had despatched four ships, a Dornier aircraft and two helicopters to the crash region for the search and rescue operation, said an spokesperson.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 14:46 IST
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