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ONGC chopper crash: Six bodies recovered

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Six bodies including that of all the five officers and one of the two pilots of ill-fated chopper, which crashed in yesterday, have been recovered.

While the search is on for the remaining one person, the ill-fated Chopper's VDR too has been recovered, said in a statement.

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

"During the Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations on January 14, 2018 the VDR of the has been recovered. Search operation is on for the remaining debris of the production VT PWA," it said.

ONGC 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 is being steered by the ONGC top management led by Shashi Shanker, CMD ONGC.

Shanker, who has been camping in to oversee the as well as ensuring all support 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 as desired by them. ONGC is extending all possible help to the bereaved families in this hour of grief and crisis, it said in the statement.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 19:25 IST