Helicopter with 5 ONGC employees goes missing

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 13, 2018

The helicopter took off from Juhu at 10.20 AM and was scheduled to land at North Field of ONGC at 10.58 AM, but didn't reach there. "Will update once any news is received", the Indian Coast Guard said. On not knowing the whereabouts of the passengers or the pilot, ONGC alerted the Indian Coast Guard about the same. "There has been no contact with the helicopter since 10.30 am, by when it was about 50 kms off the coast of Mumbai", the source.

The chopper was headed to the Mumbai High offshore airfields, initial reports said.

"2 ISVs deployed for patrol in area have been diverted for search & rescue along with 3 Coast Guard units already in area".

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

The spokesperson added that "some debris has been located", but did not say if it belonged to the chopper. "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.

Search operations for the chopper are underway. "It is a Pawan Hans chopper, carrying five employees".

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