Chopper with five ONGC employees goes missing

The chopper was last in touch with the oil rig air traffic control around 10.30 am


A Pawan Hans helicopter with five ONGC employees has gone missing after taking off from Juhu airport. The event happened on Saturday morning and the team is investigating the whereabouts of the missing chopper.

Based on the information received, the chopper which had two pilots and five passengers did not land at the designated oil rig. The pilot was in touch with the oil rig air traffic control around 10:30 am. On not knowing the whereabouts of the passengers or the pilot, ONGC alerted the Indian Coast Guard about the same.

Times of India has reported that 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 10.25 AM. After that, they were in touch with the rig air traffic controller for up to 9km, about 2 mins. Thereafter, there has been no contact with the helicopter. 

An alert has been sent to different agencies as the flight failed to land long past its expected time of arrival at the rig.

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