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Pawan Hans chopper crashes off Mumbai coast, 3 bodies found

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A helicopter with five personnel and two pilots on board today crashed off the city coast while heading to an rig at High, and three bodies bodies have been found, a senior said today.

The chopper Dauphin N3 had gone missing after taking off from at 10.30 AM.

"The confirms that its ships picked up three bodies from the site of helicopter crash off the coast," a spokesperson said.

The chopper, bearing registration number VT-PWA, was scheduled to land at the designated rig at High at 11 am. Five employees of state-owned and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and two pilots were on board the chopper.

The said it had deployed its stealth frigate INS Teg for the while surveillance aircraft P8i was also pressed into service.

The Coast Guard had also diverted its ships to search the missing chopper.

A of Civil (DGCA) said that the aircraft accident investigation body AAIB will probe the chopper crash.

"Since it is a clear accident, this chopper crash will be probed by the (AAIB)," the told

He said the DGCA will extend all necessary help to the AAIB in conducting the probe.

AAIB is the apex body which probes serious incidents and accidents involving aircraft registered in and comes under the civil ministry.

for Civil Jayant Sinha expressed deep anguish over the loss of lives.

"IndiaCoastGuard Ship on receipt of information reached area, located the debris, picked up a body at 1230 hrs," he said on twitter.

"So far resulted in 03 body recovery. Search & rescue operations are underway. Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau will launch thorough inquiry (sic)," he tweeted.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 15:35 IST