4 bodies found after Pawan Hans chopper goes missing off Mumbai coast
Mumbai, Jan. 13 (PTI): The Coast Guard has recovered four bodies from the sea in which a Pawan Hans helicopter bound for an ONGC oil rig with seven on board is believed to have crashed on Saturday.
The helicopter was heading to the North Field of the Oil and Natural Gas Corp, off the Mumbai Coast when it went missing, shortly after taking off at 10:30 am, the Coast Guard said.
The Indian Navy had deployed a frigate and a surveillance aircraft to locate the missing chopper while the Coast Guard said that “some debris has been located”, but did not elaborate.
The Dauphin N3 helicopter, VT-PWA, took off from Juhu aerodrome at 10.25 am, with five ONGC employees and two pilots onboard, the Coast Gurad said.
The helicopter was scheduled to land at the designated oil rig at Mumbai High at 11 am, the sources said.
The Navy said it had deployed its stealth frigate INS Teg for the search operation while surveillance aircraft P8i has also been press into service.
The Coast Guard said that it has diverted ships which were at sea and also those sailing from Mumbai.
”A Dornier aircraft and helicopters from Daman (near Dahanu) have also been launched,” a Coast Guard spokesperson said.