- Chopper took off from Juhu at 10:20 am
- Five ONGC personnel and 2 pilots were on board
Mumbai: Another helicopter crash took place near Mumbai where Four people have died today. The bodies of the four people, including a senior ONGC officer, and the debris of the chopper have been found.
As per official reports, a Pawan Hans helicopter on duty for ONGC, with seven people on board, crashed off the coast of Mumbai.
Sources said the seven-year-old chopper — a VTPWA Dauphin AS 365 N3 — took off from Juhu at 10.20 this morning. It last contacted the Air Traffic Control at 10. 35 am. At the time, it was 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.
The chopper was headed for the Mumbai High North Field and was expected to land there before 11 am. Five ONGC personnel and 2 pilots were on board when the helicopter went missing.
The Coast Guard has been alerted and a search operation is on, the sources said. We have already diverted ship and aircraft to the area, an officer said.
VTPWA Dauphin AS 365 N3 was scheduled to land at North Field of ONGC at 10.58am but didn’t land at the scheduled time. No contact could be established after 10.30am and search operations were launched soon after, another official added.
A search operation is on to locate the other passengers.
(Inputs from NDTV.com)