ONGC chopper crash: 6 bodies recovered, search ops continue

Chopper with eight on board goes missing off Mumbai coast

Indian Coast Guard has been alerted to search for the missing chopper

The last contact it established was around 10.30 am, with an air traffic control manned from an oil rig. After receiving the missing report, a search operation was started with support from the coast guard and the Indian navy.

According to the Indian Coast Guard, the Pawan Hans Helicopter was flying from Juhu in Mumbai to the Offshore Development Area.

Meanwhile, a massive search operation is still on for other missing persons.

The police informed that the bodies have been brought to Cooper Hospital for postmortem. The helicopter had 3 hour and 10 minutes of fuel onboard. The Dauphin chopper, VT PWA, took off at 10.20 am.

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Later on, soon after sharing the missing information about chopper the Indian Coast Guard shared that its ships and aircraft are on SAR mission 40 Nautical Miles North West of Mumbai for the ill-fated.

The company in its statement added, it is yet to ascertain the reason behind the unfortunate incident. Sources from the oil firm confirmed that while the total weight of the officials' baggage was 20 kilograms, the weight of the cargo was recorded as 73 kilograms.

Navy officials said ONGC vessel TAG 15 undertaking Side Scan Sonar (SSS) operation have found some debris 600 yards from wreckage position. Four bodies were recovered by Agrim. They have been identified as Pankaj Garg and Bindulal Babu. Cops, fire brigade, forest officials, Navy and Coast Guard were stretched thin on the second weekend of the month when a lot of emergency services officials are off-duty.

The coastguard said that five of its ships, two Dornier aircraft and two helicopters had joined the search.

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