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Pawan Hans chopper with seven crashes off Mumbai, 5 bodies found

IANS  |  Mumbai 

At least five people were killed when a helicopter with at least five top officials and two pilots on board crashed shortly after take-off from Airport here on Saturday morning, officials said.

A massive sea and launched by and other agencies, had, till this evening, found five bodies besides some wreckage of the the crashed chopper and life-jackets.

ship Agrim has recovered some of the bodies, including of an identified as from the crash, while a search continues for the other missing.

The officers - all Deputy Managers, have been identified as Sarvananan, V. K. Babu, Jose Anthony, Garg and P. Srinivasan, besides the pilots whose identity is not known yet.

A Coast Guard said parts of the debris of the chopper have been found near in district.

The Dauphin chopper took off at 10.20 a.m but just 15 minutes later, it suddenly lost contact with both the ATC and the Oil and (ONGC).

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

Four ships including waterjet fast attack craft INS Tarasa, a P8i and a Seaking helicopter joined the search operations, while the Coast Guard deployed five ships and two Dornier aircraft and two helicopters to the crash region for the search and rescue operation which continued this evening, said an spokesperson.

A pall of gloom descended at Silver Square CHS in Kalina, Santacruz east where Garg, 50, had been living since 15 years with his wife, a minor daughter besides a grown-up daughter studying in an engineering college out of

"He was a very nice person, a great human being with a helpful nature. We society members are shocked at this sudden tragedy," Joy Francis, the society's told this evening.



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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 20:34 IST