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Pawan Hans helicopter with seven onboard goes missing

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A helicopter, which was heading to north field with seven persons onboard, went missing off the coast today, official sources said.

The has deployed a frigate and a surveillance aircraft to locate the missing chopper while the said that "some debris has been located", but did not elaborate.

The chopper, Dauphin N3, bearing registration number VT-PWA, took off from at 10.25 AM, with five employees and two pilots onboard, they said.

The chopper was scheduled to land at the designated rig at High at 11 AM, the sources said.

are on, they added.

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

The said that it has diverted ships which were at sea and also those sailing from

"A Dornier aircraft and helicopters from Daman (near Dahanu) have also been launched," a said.

The added that "some debris has been located", but did not say if it belonged to the chopper.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 14:25 IST