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Mumbai chopper crash: Voice data recorder recovered

ANI  |  Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] 

In an extensive search operation, jointly conducted by and (ONGC), and Indian Navy, the Aircraft Voice Data Recorder (VDR) of the helicopter, which crashed off the coast on January 13, has been recovered.

So far, six bodies, including one of the two pilots of the ill-fated helicopter, have been found in the Search and Rescue (SAR), while the search is on for one more missing person

The bodies of officials, P N Srinivasan, R Saravanan, Jose Antony, and one of the pilots Capt. R Ohatkar, have been identified. The identification process for the sixth body is still on.

Meanwhile, the recovery of the remaining debris of the production chopper VT - PWA is in progress.

A total of 16 ships, two from the Indian Navy, five from the Indian Coast Guard, and nine from have been on task all day.

Four aircraft have also been deployed.

and vessels: CG-268, CG-241, CG-314, Suriya-3, and CG-769, Samudra Sevak, HAL Anant, TAG-20, TAG 17, TAG-15, OSVs LJ Johnson and BS Negi and have been relentlessly combing the area.

The ONGC is being steered by the top management led by its (CMD)

Shanker, who has been camping in to oversee the as well as ensuring all supports for the bereaved families, has stated that a high-level independent investigation will be immediately instituted to ascertain the reasons.

The recovered bodies of ONGC executives, after necessary procedures, have been handed over to the family members and two families have taken the bodies to their native places for last rites.

The helicopter, which took off from Juhu at 10.20 am on Saturday, was scheduled to land at ONGC's North Field rig at 10.58 am.

The last contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) was made at about 10.30 am, 30 nautical miles off

The cause of the tragic incident is still unknown.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 19:45 IST