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Crashed Pawan Hans chopper VDR found, one pilot still missing

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Nearly 24 hours after a Ltd. Dauphin helicopter carrying five senior officials crashed near here, rescuers have recovered the Voice Data Recorder but serach is still on for one missing pilot, officials said on Sunday.

A total of 16 ships -- two of Indian Navy, five of and nine of -- and four from Navy and Coast Guard have been pressed into service since Sunday morning. INS Makar, a special hydrographic ship with side scan sonar capability is supplementing the search efforts, officials said.

The bodies of five deputy general managers and one pilot were recovered late on Saturday and brought to shore.

Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) TAG-15 (with side scan sonar) and OSV Samudra Sevak are currently undertaking survey in the area for locating the missing crew and debris of

The Dauphin chopper had taken off at 10.20 a.m on Saturday. Just 15 minutes later, it suddenly lost contact with both the ATC and the Oil and (ONGC) in

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

A massive air and and rescue operation was launched by the Indian Navy, and by late Saturday evening debris of the chopper and six bodies were recovered near Uttan, off

The VDR could provide clues on the circumstances and caused leading to the helicopter crash which has stunned the ONGC and PHL establishments.

The ONGC officials were identified as and (both DGM, Mechanical), Jose Antony, and (all DGM, Production) and all based in Mumbai.

The two pilots have been identified as Captains and



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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 23:20 IST