Helicopter with seven onboard goes missing from Mumbai

Chopper with seven on board goes missing in Mumbai

Chopper with seven on board goes missing in Mumbai

A Pawan Hans chopper with seven people on board went missing in Mumbai soon after take-off from the Juhu airport on Saturday.

A spokesperson at ONGC said an official statement would be issued shortly. Reports say that none of the passengers have survived. Three bodies have been recovered, Coast Guard said.

The chopper was supposed to land at offshore oil rig Bombay High at 11 am, the Press Trust of India reported citing unnamed sources.

As per reports, the helicopter was airborne at 10.20am, and it lost contact with air traffic control 15 minutes later.

The helicopter belongs to state-run company Pawan Hans, which operates a fleet of helicopters for off-shore operations, charter services and ferrying pilgrims to shrines in mountainous areas.

An Indian Navy spokesperson said that two Independent Search Vehicles have already been deployed for patrol in the region along with three Indian Coast Guard units for search and rescue.

Meanwhile, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted, "Spoke to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman & requested for help from Coast Guard and other agencies in the search and rescue operations; CMDONGC has rushed to Mumbai".

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