Helicopter with seven onboard goes missing from Mumbai

13 January, 2018, 13:30 | Author: Wade Massey
  • The aircraft was carrying five employees of India’s state-run oil exploration arm ONGC and two pilots. AFP file

The chopper Dauphin N3 had gone missing after taking off from Juhu aerodrome at 10.30 AM. Just 15 minutes later, it suddenly lost contact with both the Mumbai ATC and the state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). Further, it also added, "Stealth frigate INS Teg leaving for Search is with medical teams embarked".

"One Pawanhans Helicopter of ONGC flying from Juhu #Mumbai to ODA Offshore Development Area lost at Sea this morning". Total crew on board 5 besides 2 pilots. Large scale @IndiaCoastGuard SAR Operation underway. "She is also cooperating and has instructed the Navy and Coast Guard to look into the issue extensively", Pradhan said.

Those on board the ill-fated chopper have been identified as R Saravanan, V K Babu, Jose Anthony, Pankaj Garg, P Shrinivasan. One Indian Coast Guard ship Helo, two Dornier aircraft and four ships have been deployed in the search operation.

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On not knowing the whereabouts of the passengers or the pilot, ONGC alerted the Indian Coast Guard about the same. "Wish for their safety", Nirmala Sitharaman, India's defence minister, said on Twitter.

"We have deployed all our choppers including from each of our naval bases in search of the missing chopper".

A senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official said that the aircraft accident investigation body AAIB will probe the Pawan Hans chopper crash. "Seaking 42B helicopter being launched in addition", the Navy spokesperson said.

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