Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Three die as helicopter crashes in Mumbai, two Malayalees missing

Three die as helicopter crashes in Mumbai, two Malayalees missing

The Indian Coast guard recovered three bodies after it located the debris of a helicopter that went missing with seven on board - two pilots and five employees of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation - off the coast of Mumbai on Saturday.

Search operations for the chopper are underway.

A helicopter of the state-owned oil explorer, ONGC Ltd was reported missing in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Mumbai after it lost contact with the Air Traffic Control.

The Coast Guard has been alerted and a search operation is on, media reports said quoting sources.

The helicopter took off from Juhu at 10:20 AM and was scheduled to land at North Field of ONGC at 10:58 AM, but did not reach there. After that, they were in touch with the rig air traffic controller for up to 9km, about 2 mins.

"A Dornier aircraft and helicopters from Daman (near Dahanu) have also been launched", a Coast Guard spokesperson said.

According to reports, the chopper (VT PWA), carrying two pilots and 5 passengers hasn't landed at the destination which was oil rig, and there is not information about its whereabouts, so far. "Wish for their safety", Nirmala Sitharaman, India's defence minister, said on Twitter.

The Navy said it had deployed its stealth frigate INS Teg for the search operation while surveillance aircraft P8i is also being press into service.

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