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Pawan Hans chopper with 7 onboard crashes off Mumbai coast
4 bodies found, wreckage spotted
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MUMBAI, Jan 13 (Agencies): A Pawan Hans helicopter with at least five Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) officials and two pilots on board crashed shortly after take-off from Juhu Airport here on Saturday.

According to the Indian Coast Guard, at least four bodies have been recovered from the sea from the debris of the ill-fated at sea near the debris of ill ONGC chopper. Four bodies have so far been recovered.

Those on board the ill-fated chopper have been identified as R Saravanan, V K Babu, Jose Anthony, Pankaj Garg, P Shrinivasan.

All are top-ranking ONGC employees.

Meanwhile, the two pilots of the chopper have been identified as Captain Ohatkar and Captain Katoch.

A massive search and rescue operation involving five ships, 2 Dornier aircraft and two helicopters is currently on to trace those missing, an official spokesperson of the ICG said.

According to latest reports, the wreckage of the Pawan Hans Helicopter on ONGC duty has been spotted.

An ICG official said part of the chopper wreckage was found near Uttan Beach, in Thane district.

Rescuers and divers from the Indian Coast Guard are continuing the search for those missing.

Earlier, 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.

The Dauphin chopper took off at 10.20 am Just 15 minutes later, it suddenly lost contact with both the Mumbai ATC and the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

At that time, it was reported to be flying around 55 km off the Mumbai shoreline, on a regular sortie to the ONGC's Bombay High oilfields, around 175 km northwest from here.

News Updated at : Sunday, January 14, 2018
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