Pawan Hans Chopper with five ONGC employees crashes; three dead

The coast guard ship located the debris near Dahanu


The chopper carrying five ONGC passengers crashed near Dahanu where three died in the mishap. The coast guard ship located the debris.

On Saturday morning, a Pawan Hans chopper with five ONGC employees had gone missing after taking off from Juhu airport.

As per the reports, the chopper had two pilots and five passengers who did not land at the designated oil rig. The chopper was in touch with the oil rig air traffic control around 10:30 AM. When there were no whereabouts about neither the passengers nor the pilot, the ONGC alerted the Indian Coast Guard about the same. 

 The sources told Times of India,

The pilots, as per the procedure, had changed over their radio contact from Juhu air traffic control to the one manned on the oil rig around 10.25am. After that, they were in touch with the rig air traffic controller for upto 9km, about 2 mins. Thereafter, there has been no contact with the helicopter," the source said adding that an alert has been sent across to different agencies as the flight failed to land long past its expected time of arrival at the rig.”

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