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Helicopter with seven onboard goes missing from Mumbai

13 January 2018

Mumbai: Three people were killed after a Pawan Hans helicopter, with seven on board, crashed off the Mumbai coast Saturday. The Dauphin helicopter lost contact with Air Traffic Control around 10.35 am almost 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.

According to reports, the chopper (VT PWA), with 2 pilots and 5 passengers workers hasn't landed at the designated oil rig and there is no information about its whereabouts.

The chopper with pilot, co-pilot and five ONGC employees took off from Juhu aerodrome at 10.20 hrs this morning.

Indian Coast Guard said some debris has been found and the search for missing persons is underway.

"A Dornier aircraft and helicopters from Daman (near Dahanu) have also been launched", a Coast Guard spokesperson said.

"Two immediate support vessels deployed for patrol in the area have been diverted for search and rescue along with 3 Coast Guard units", Navy spkesperson told ANI.

Soon after that, contact with the helicopter was disrupted, the source said, adding that an alert has been sent across to different agencies as the flight failed to land long past its expected time of arrival at the rig, the report added.

It was 30 nautical miles off the coast of Mumbai when it went missing. "It is a Pawan Hans chopper, carrying five employees".

Helicopter with seven onboard goes missing from Mumbai