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ONGC Chopper Crash: 4 Dead Bodies Found Out Of 7 On Board Officials

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| January 13 , 2018 , 17:07 IST

In a horrifying incident, a Pawan Hans helicopter with five ONGC employees and two pilots on board crashed off the coast of Dahanu near Mumbai soon after it took-off from Juhu Airport on Saturday. 

A massive sea and aerial search operation were launched by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and other agencies to locate the missing personnel. So far, 4 bodies and some parts of the chopper have been located.

Several reports suggest that all seven officials onboard are no more but an official announcement is still awaited. After taking off at 10.20 am, the chopper lost contact with the Air Traffic Control at 10.35 am and was missing since then.

With the scheduled landing at North Field of ONGC at 10.58 am, the helicopter has gone missing at around 10.40 am. "ONGC has pressed its helicopter and speedboats for search operation as soon as the information received by the Helibase Control Room," read an ONGC statement.

The rescue operation team was able to recover four bodies from the Arabian Sea along with the wrecked helicopter. The Indian Coast Guard has been lending continuous support and help to locate onboard officials.

The travellers also included the ONGC deputy general managers Sarvannan, V K Babu, Jose Anthony, Pankaj Garg and P Shrinivasan. President of India Ram Nath Kovind also expressed his grief over the fatal incident.

Paying condolences to the families of the dead, he tweeted, "Anguished to hear of boat carrying schoolchildren capsizing in Dahanu, Maharashtra. The state government has rescued most of the passengers and is making efforts to trace those still missing. My condolences to bereaved families."

He further wrote, "Sad to learn about Pawan Hans helicopter crash off the coast of Mumbai. Thoughts with families of those who have lost their lives."