Chopper with 7 on board goes missing off Mumbai coast

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

The Coast Guard has recovered bodies of three people on-board the Pawan Hans helicopter that went missing off the Mumbai coast on Saturday morning, CNN-News18 reported. Reports say that none of the passengers have survived. The Dauphin helicopter lost contact with Air Traffic Control around 10.35 am almost 30 nautical miles off Mumbai. It was flying 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.

The chopper was scheduled to land at the designated oil rig at Mumbai High at 11 AM, the sources 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.

According to reports, the Pawan Hans chopper (VT PWA), with 2 pilots and 5 passenger workers hasn't landed at the disgnated oil rig. "Now search and rescue operations are on, so, we hope to have an update soon", Pawan Hans chairman, BP Sharma, told AFP without giving further details.

Following the incident, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan spoke to Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Meanwhile, a rescue operation to trace the remaining people is underway.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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