Helicopter with 5 ONGC employees goes missing

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A Pawan Hans helicopter with five ONGC employees has gone missing after taking off from Juhu airport.

The chopper was headed for the Mumbai High North Field and was expected to land there before 11 am.

On not knowing the whereabouts of the passengers or the pilot, ONGC alerted the Indian Coast Guard about the same. According too latest report one body has been recovered so far. The Dauphin helicopter lost contact with Air Traffic Control around 10.35 am almost 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.

Indian Coast Guard said some debris has been found and the search for missing persons is underway.

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Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted that he had requested Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to provide Coast Guard's assistance in the rescue operation. "Seaking 42B helicopter being launched in addition" Navy spokesperson stated.

The chopper, Dauphin N3, bearing registration number VT-PWA, took off from Juhu aerodrome at 10.25 AM, with five ONGC employees and two pilots onboard, they said.

Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited is a government of India owned company and provides chopper services for off-shore operations, connecting inaccessible areas, VIP transportation, pilgrim services and promotion of tourism.

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