Three die as helicopter crashes in Mumbai, two Malayalees missing

Three die as helicopter crashes in Mumbai, two Malayalees missing

Mumbai: A Pawan Hans helicopter, which was heading to ONGC's north field with seven persons including two Malayalees onboard, crashed off Mumbai coast on Saturday.

It was reportedly 30 nautical miles off the western coast before going off-radar.

India Today TV reported that three ships and three helicopters are involved in a large-scale search and rescue operation, which is underway. Three bodies have been recovered, Coast Guard said.

Chopper last contacted the oil rig air traffic control at around 10.30am.

ONGC helicopter wreckage located off Mumbai coast, 4 dead, 3 missing: coast guard

On not knowing the whereabouts of the passengers or the pilot, ONGC alerted the Indian Coast Guard about the same.

The helicopter (VT PWA), with 2 Pawan Hans pilots and 5 passengers, all ONGC employees, took off at 10.14 am from Juhu airport.

In the latest update, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted saying all posible assistance is being extended in the rescue operations. The Dauphin helicopter lost contact with Air Traffic Control around 10.35 am almost 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.

The Navy said it had deployed its stealth frigate INS Teg for the search operation while surveillance aircraft P8i is also being press into service.

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