Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Helicopter carrying ONGC employees crashes

Chopper with seven on board goes missing in Mumbai Chopper with seven on board goes missing in Mumbai
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2018, 13:39

Apart from two pilots, the helicopter was also carrying five employees of the Indian Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, who were heading to one of oil derricks in the Arabian Sea.

The chopper was headed for the Mumbai High North Field and was expected to land there before 11 am. "ONGC has pressed its helicopter and speedboats for search operation as soon as the information received by the Helibase Control Room", read an ONGC statement.

The police informed that the bodies have been brought to Cooper Hospital for postmortem. Indian Coast Guard also tweeted, two of the five bodies recovered were identified by identity cards found in the deceased's wallets.

The five ONGC officials along with two others were on board at the chopper. "Meanwhile the diving team ex-INS Teg is standby", said the Navy official.

At that time, it was reported to be flying around 55 km off the Mumbai shoreline, on a regular sortie to the ONGC's Bombay High oilfields, around 175 km northwest from here.

"Since it is a clear accident, this chopper crash will be probed by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau", the official said, adding that the directorate-general would extend all help. It is India's biggest oil reserver of about 20 million tonnes. Debris of helicopter located near Dahanu.

"2X ISVs already deployed for patrol in area have been diverted for Search & Rescue along with 3 X ICG units already in area. Seaking 42B helicopter being launched in addition" Navy spokesperson stated.

It further stated, "ONGC along with coast guard and Indian Navy are combing the area where the chopper has apparently crashed".