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Voice data recorder of crashed chopper traced

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The has traced the Aircraft Voice Data Recorder (VDR) of the helicopter which crashed off the coast yesterday while the recovery of the remaining debris is in progress.

Simultaneously, the has widened its search operations for the two missing crew members of the chopper.

"Search for the missing crew continues till recovery. Aircraft Voice Data Recorder (VDR) has been recovered and recovery of balance debris is in progress," a said today.

The helicopter with seven people on-board, including five officers and two pilots, crashed off the coast minutes after it took off for the state-owned company's installation in the yesterday.

Five bodies were recovered yesterday, the and the said in their statements earlier.

A said today that the two Fast Interceptor Crafts, INS Tarasa and the frigate INS Teg were coordinating the search in the area along with Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ships Samudra Prahari, Achook and Agrim.

The INS Makar (a twin hulled catamaran hydrography ship) from Karwar was also en route to area to augment search efforts, he said.

The ICGS Samrat also sailed out from to join the search and rescue operations, he said.

Besides, ICG Dornier from Daman, IN Seaking 42 B from Shikra (helibase) and nine Vessels were also deployed for search in the area, he said.

The ONGC vessel TAG 15 undertaking side scan sonar operations has found some debris 600 yards from the wreckage position, the said.

The diving team from Samudra Sevak vessel is preparing to undertake the search while the team from INS Teg is kept on standby, he said.

The helicopter with five and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) officers, including three of the level of Deputy Managers, went missing around 10.40 am yesterday.

ONGC, Coast Guard and Navy pressed helicopters and speed boats as soon as the information of the chopper going missing was received at the Juhu helibase.

ONGC has key and gas fields off the Mumbai coast and helicopters routinely ferry company employees and officers to the that are situated as far as 160 kilometres from the coastline.

The field in the offshore include Mumbai High, the nation's largest and Bassein fields, the largest gas field.

The helicopter crash is not the first accident in ONGC's history. In August 2003, an helicopter crashed off the Mumbai coast killing 27 people and pilot on-board.

said in a statement that the French-made 365N3 helicopter met with an accident and the chopper crash is being probed by the regulation DGCA.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 14:45 IST