Chopper carrying 5 ONGC employees crashes miles off Mumbai coast, 1 dead

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Chopper carrying 5 ONGC employees crashes miles off Mumbai coast, 4 dead

The helicopter carrying five ONGC employees lost contact with the ATC around 10:35am.

A Pawan Hans helicopter carrying five ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) employees crashed about 22 miles off Mumbai coast today.

As of now, bodies of three people have been recovered, out of which one has been identified as Rohit Garg, tweeted Indian Coast Guard.

Out of the seven onboard the plane, two were pilots and five were DGM level ONGC employees.

The helicopter that took off from Juhu at 10:20am was scheduled to land at North Field of ONGC at 10:58 but lost contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) at 10:35am.

INDIAN NAVY ISSUES STATEMENT

An Indian Navy spokesperson has confirmed that two independent search vehicles have already been deployed for patrol in the region along with three Indian Coast Guard units.

Soon after Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan sought help from Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted saying all posible assistance is being extended in the rescue operations.


(With inputs from Poulomi Saha and Nagarjun Dwarakanth)