p phi Competitive Times - Pawan Hans chopper crashes off Mumbai coast, Navy Launches Rescue Operations

In a shocking accident, a  Pawan Hans helicopter crashed off the Mumbai coast minutes after it took off for the state-owned company's oil installation in the Arabian sea. It has been said that there were seven people on-board, including five ONGC officers and two pilots.

According to sources, four bodies have been recovered so far. 

Meanwhile based on information on a Pawan Hans helicopter missing on 13 Jan 18, Indian Navy has launched large scale rescue operations to search for the missing helicopter.

 Four Indian Naval Ships (T11, T45, Tarasa and Teg), one Dornier aircraft and one Seaking helicopter have been deployed towards the area. The search efforts are being augmented by one P8I Long Range aircraft. In addition, CG ships and aircraft have also been deployed for SAR.

The helicopter took off from Juhu at 1006 h and was enroute to Oil Rig ‘NQO’ in Mumbai High North, 92 miles North West of Mumbai. Communication with the helicopter was lost at 1036 h in position 37 nm from Mumbai. The helicopter had five passengers in addition to two pilots.

Additional ships and aircraft are being kept ready at Mumbai for deployment as and when required. 

As per last inputs, the wreckage has been located in position 37 nautical miles from Mumbai and four dead bodies have been recovered so far.

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