Chopper with five ONGC employees goes missing

Chopper with five ONGC employees goes missing

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

The chopper was headed for the Mumbai High North Field and was expected to land there before 11 am. However ATC lost contact with the chopper mimutes after it took off and no communication could be revived, reports news agency ANI.

The Navy deployed its stealth frigate INS Teg and a P8i surveillance aircraft to locate the missing chopper while the Coast Guard, few hours earlier said that "some debris has been located".

ICG ship Agrim, managed to recover three bodies from the Arabian Sea, including one of a passenger named Pankaj Garg, while the search continues for the remaining four missing. Meanwhile, a rescue operation to trace the remaining people is underway.

"A Dornier aircraft and helicopters from Daman (near Dahanu) have also been launched", a Coast Guard spokesperson said.

Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted that he had requested Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to provide Coast Guard's assistance in the rescue operation.

As per reports, the helicopter was airborne at 10.20am, and it lost contact with air traffic control 15 minutes later. "It is a Pawan Hans chopper, carrying five employees".

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