Mumbai: ONGC's chopper crashed in Arabian Sea, 4 bodies recovered


ANKUR DWIVEDI | Published On: Jan 13, 2018 03:54 PM IST |   100

Mumbai: A helicopter carrying the ONGC employees crashed into the Arabian Sea about 30 nautical miles from the Mumbai coast. The helicopter was carrying 7 people and was heading towards the company's North Field. The Coast Guard has recovered some debris of this chopper from Pawan Hans Company. Four bodies have also been recovered from the sea. One of these bodies has been identified as Passenger Pankaj Garg.

It is being told that Dauphin N3 helicopter flew from Juhu at 10.20 am in the morning. The helicopter had to land at 10.55 minutes. According to sources, the connection between the ATC and the helicopter broke at 10:30 in the morning. The registration number of this helicopter is VT-PWA. Five people out of 7 in helicopter were ONGC employees and two are pilots. These employees were going to work.

Meanwhile, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted that he had talked with Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in connection with the accident so that the rescue operation could be speeded up. The navy said that he has deployed his stealth submarine INS Tag to look for a helicopter. Also the reconnaissance plane P8i has been installed to search.

The Coast Guard said that it has changed the route of the vessels present in the sea and sent the anchored ships to Mumbai elsewhere. Explain that there have been many accidents in the past while taking the employees till ONGC's oil field in the sea.

In 2003, a helicopter had been a victim of an accident in the Arabian Sea. In this, 23 employees of ONGC were killed. ONGC has deployed hundreds of employees in oil field. The helicopter is used to carry them.


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