MUMBAI; A Pawan Hans helicopter with seven people onboard has gone missing in Mumbai after taking off from Juhu.
At least four persons are feared dead after a Pawan Hans helicopter of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONCG) crashed about 22 nautical miles off the Mumbai coast this afternoon. There were seven people (five ONGC employees and two pilots) onboard when the incident took place.
The Dauphin chopper took off at 10.20 am from Juhu airport. Just 15 minutes later, it suddenly lost contact with both the Mumbai ATC and the oil conglomerate.
Indian Coast Guard said some debris has been found and the search for missing persons is underway.
“We have already diverted ship and aircraft to area. Will update once any news is received,” the Indian Coast Guard said.
The Indian Navy has said that a Seaking 42B helicopter has been launched in addition to the two Immediate Support Vehicles (ISV) and three Coast Guard Units.
“2 ISVs deployed for patrol in area have been diverted for search & rescue along with 3 Coast Guard units already in area. Seaking 42B helicopter being launched in addition,” Navy spokesperson stated.
The Petroleum Ministry too swung into action rushing the Chairman and Managing Director of ONGC to Mumbai.
“Spoke to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman & requested for help from Coast Guard and other agencies in the search and rescue operations; CMD ONGC has rushed to Mumbai”, the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister, Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted.