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Pawan Hans chopper crashes off Mumbai coast, 4 bodies found

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A helicopter with seven persons on-board, including five officers and two pilots, crashed off the coast minutes after it took off for the state-owned company's installation in the So far, four bodies have been recovered, and Natural Gas Corporation said in a statement to PTI. is on for other missing persons. The helicopter with five officers, including three of the level of Deputy Managers, went missing around 10.40 hours today. ONGC, and pressed helicopters and speed boats as soon as the information of the chopper going missing was received at the Juhu helibase. has key and gas fields off the coast and helicopters routinely ferry company employees and officers to the installations that are situated as far as 160 kilometres from the coastline. The field in the offshore include High, the nation's largest field and Bassein fields, the largest gas field. The helicopter crash is not the first accident in ONGC's history. In August 2003, helicopter crashed off coast killing 27 company persons and pilot on-board. "vessels and choppers along with the and are combing the areas where the chopper has apparently crashed," the statement said. "Identification of the bodies is in progress". The chopper Dauphin N3 had gone missing after taking off from at 10.30 AM. The chopper, bearing registration number VT-PWA, was scheduled to land at the designated rig at High at 11 am.

Five employees of state-owned and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and two pilots were on-board the chopper. The said it had deployed its stealth frigate INS Teg for the search operation, while surveillance aircraft P8i was also pressed into service. The had also diverted its ships to search the missing chopper. A of Civil (DGCA) said that the aircraft accident investigation body AAIB will probe the chopper crash. "Since it is a clear accident, this chopper crash will be probed by the (AAIB)," the said. He said the DGCA will extend all necessary help to the AAIB in conducting the probe. AAIB is the apex body which probes serious incidents and accidents, involving aircraft registered in and comes under the civil ministry. for Civil Jayant Sinha expressed deep anguish over the loss of lives. "IndiaCoastGuard Ship on receipt of information reached area, located the debris, picked up a body at 1230 hrs," he said on twitter. "So far resulted in 03 body recovery. Search & rescue operations are underway. Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau will launch thorough inquiry (sic)," he tweeted.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 18:00 IST
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