Pawan Hans helicopter with seven onboard goes missing

Chopper with eight on board goes missing off Mumbai coast

A Pawan Hans helicopter with five ONGC employees has gone missing after taking off from Juhu airport. The Coast Guard, which was pressed in rescue and search operation, has confirmed that the debris of the chopper has been found and three bodies have been recovered. "Will update once any news is received", the Indian Coast Guard said.

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

Sources said the helicopter - a Dauphin N3, bearing registration number VT-PWA - was on a normal sortie and was supposed to reach the oil rig at Bombay High at 11 am. Four aircraft has also been dispatched for the search operation.

"Two immediate support vessels deployed for patrol in the area have been diverted for search and rescue along with 3 Coast Guard units", Navy spkesperson told ANI.

Seaking 42B helicopter is also being launched, the spokesperson added. "The pilots, as per the procedure, had changed over their radio contact from Juhu air traffic control to the one manned on the oil rig around 10.25 am", the report quoted a source as saying. However, a statement from Pawan Hans and ONGC is awaited.



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