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Mumbai: ONGC chopper with 9 onboard makes emergency landing in the sea, four dead


On Tuesday, four people were killed when an Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) helicopter made an emergency landing off the coast of Mumbai.

On Tuesday morning, the chopper with nine people on board crashed in the sea 60 nautical miles from Mumbai near the Sagar Kiran rig.

“Near the Sagar Kiran oil rig, a Pawan Hans helicopter carrying seven ONGC passengers and two crew members crashed.” Three ONGC employees and both crew members were saved during the rescue operations. Three employees and one temporary ONGC employee died. “Their bodies have been taken to Cooper Hospital,” said A K Verma, director of Juhu Airport.

The helicopter was a brand new Sikorsky S 76 D with the call sign VT- PWI and was operated by Pawan Hans.

“Our Dornier aircraft has reached the spot for search and rescue from Daman airbase. The ONGC has also sent a helicopter and a vessel,” Coast Guard Director General Virender Pathania had earlier told The Indian Express.

“We have sent a Sea King helicopter, an advanced light helicopter with harness and divers. They have also thrown life rafts from helicopters for survivors,” a top officer of the Indian Navy said.

According to a Coast Guard spokesperson, the Ocean Support vessel Malviya 16 was diverted to join the rescue operations by the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Mumbai and picked up two survivors. The International Safety Net was also activated by the MRCC (Mumbai).

While a guard ship was diverted at sea, another ship sailed out from Mumbai with dispatch to join the rescue efforts.

The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Indian Navy and ONGC for mobilization and augmentation of the rescue effort, the Coast Guard spokesperson added.

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