Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Indian helicopter missing with 7 on board

Indian helicopter missing with 7 on board

Mumbai: A chopper with eight passengers on board - including several employees of ONGC - went missing off the Mumbai coast on Saturday.

"1 Pawanhans Helicopter of ONGC flying from Juhu, Mumbai to ODA Offshore Development Area lost at sea this morning". Four aircraft has also been dispatched for the search operation.

The Indian Navy has said that a Seaking 42B helicopter has been launched in addition to the two Immediate Support Vehicles (ISV) and three Coast Guard Units. According too latest report one body has been recovered so far.

The helicopter lost contact with Air Traffic Control (ATC) at 10:35 AM.

The helicopter (VT PWA), with 2 Pawan Hans pilots and 5 passengers, all ONGC employees, took off at 10.14 am from Juhu airport.

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The debris of the chopper, which was heading to ONGC's north field with total seven people on board, including two pilots, has also been located by the Coast Guard ship, ANI reported.

It was a chopper operated by Pawan Hans, India's state owned helicopter operator.

No contact could be established after 10.30 AM.

Search operations are on, they added.

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