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Pradhan to discuss chopper crash with Sitharaman

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

on Saturday said that he will discuss the Hans Dauphin N2 helicopter crash with Defence Sitharaman.

"The and the are on their job. I am also going to to coordinate things. I will discuss it with Defence Sitharaman. She is also cooperating and has instructed the and the to look into the issue extensively," Pradhan said.

The bodies of four people have so far been fished out of the sea, near the debris of the helicopter.

The (ICG) have identified two of the bodies to be of and (ONGC) employees.

Five ships, two Dornier and two helicopters have been deployed for search and rescue operations.

In total, there were a total of seven people, including five employees, on board the helicopter which crashed off the coast early on Saturday.

The ONGC, along with the ICG and the Indian Navy, has pressed its helicopter and speedboats for

"Two Immediate Support Vessels (ISV)s deployed for patrolling in the area have been diverted for search and rescue operations along with three Coast Guard units. Seaking 42B helicopter is being launched in addition," a said.

The helicopter, V T PWA Dauphin, which took off from Juhu at 10.20 am, was scheduled to land at North Field of the at 10.58 am.

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

The cause behind the tragic incident is not yet known.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 17:15 IST