Mumbai, Jan 13: A Pawan Hans helicopter with seven persons including five ONGC employees besides crew on board, crashed off the coast of Dahanu on Saturday.
Indian Coast Guard has recovered four bodies so far and debris located by CG Ship, news agency ANI reported.
The Dauphin chopper which took off from Juhu airport was slated to land at North Field of ONGC at 10.58 am. Just 15 minutes later, it suddenly lost contact with both the Mumbai ATC and the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). It was flying 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.
Wreckage of Pawanhans Helicopter of #ONGC. The helicopter was flying from Juhu #Mumbai to ODA Offshore Development Area when it got lost at sea this morning (Source: Indian Coast Guard) pic.twitter.com/8nbWM8efOM
— ANI (@ANI) January 13, 2018
The Dauphin chopper, VT PWA, took off at 10.20 a.m.
At that time, it was thought to be flying around 55 km off the Mumbai shoreline, presumably en route to the ONGC’s Bombay High oilfields, around 175 km northwest from here.
The Indian Coast Guard has diverted a ship and an aircraft to the region for a search and rescue operation, said an official spokesperson.