ONGC has key oil and gas fields off the Mumbai coast and Pawan Hans helicopters routinely ferry company employees and officers to the oil installations that are situated as far as 160 kilometres from the coastline. It lost contact with air traffic control 15 minutes after taking off around 10:30am. Samrat sailed out from Mumbai to join the search and rescue (SAR) operation.
Relatives of the others are trying to identify the bodies in Nanavati Hospital - by looking at their belongings. According to officials, the Pawan Hans helicopter took off from the Juhu helibase at 10.13 am.
ONGC has confirmed that four bodies have been recovered in the Mumbai offshore chopper crash. Three bodies were found besides some parts of the crashed chopper in a massive sea and aerial search operation launched by the Indian Coast Guard. Sources reports are claiming that the helicopter lost contact with the air traffic control today shortly after take-off from Juhu Aerodrome at 10:20 AM this morning. Officials said that they are still trying to reconstruct the last moments before the mishap occurred. At that point of time it was 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.
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At present, five speedboats, one MSV and One chopper from ONGC have been deployed in the area to conduct search operations.
The reason behind the unfortunate incident is yet to be ascertained, it said. Meanwhile, Pawan Hans and ONGC have not issued a statement as of yet. Debris of helicopter located near Dahanu. Large scale Indian Coast Guard sear and rescue operation underway. Four Indian Naval Ships (T11, T45, Tarasa and Teg), one Dornier aircraft and one Seaking helicopter have been deployed towards the area.