Helicopter with seven onboard goes missing from Mumbai

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

At least three people were killed after a Pawan Hans helicopter with at least seven persons, including five ONGC officials and two pilots, on board was lost at sea shortly after taking off from Juhu Airport on Saturday morning. At the time, it was 30 nautical miles off Mumbai. "Now search and rescue operations are on, so, we hope to have an update soon", Pawan Hans chairman, BP Sharma, told AFP without giving further details. Three bodies have been recovered, Coast Guard said.

The helicopter lost contact with Air Traffic Control (ATC) at 10:35 AM.

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Based on the information received, the chopper which had two pilots and five passengers did not land at the designated oil rig. Thereafter, they were in touch with the rig air traffic controller for upto 9 kms, about 2 mins. "Wish for their safety", Nirmala Sitharaman, India's defence minister, said on Twitter. The Dauphin helicopter lost contact with Air Traffic Control around 10.35 am almost 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.

The coast guard is expected to begin search and rescue operations soon, report adds.

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