Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

ONGC Chopper With 7 On Board Loses Contact With ATC

ONGC Chopper With 7 On Board Loses Contact With ATC

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Jan 13 (ANI): A Pawan Hans helicopter with seven on board on Saturday went missing, confirmed the sources. "We are working towards finding the chopper at the earliest", a senior ONGC official said. Reports say that none of the passengers have survived. The pilot was in touch with the oil rig air traffic control around 10:30 am.

"1 Pawanhans Helicopter of ONGC flying from Juhu, Mumbai to ODA Offshore Development Area lost at sea this morning".

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

As per reports, the helicopter was airborne at 10.20am, and it lost contact with air traffic control 15 minutes later. The ONGC has alerted the Indian Coast Guard in this regard.

The helicopter had been leased to ONGC by the state-owned Pawan Hans helicopter firm.

India Today TV reported that three ships and three helicopters are involved in a large-scale search and rescue operation, which is underway.

Following the incident, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan spoke to Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

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