4 Dead as chopper crashes in India

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13 January, 2018 16:40 PM

4 Dead as chopper crashes in India

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Four people died after an Indian helicopter, carrying five senior ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) officers crashed in the Arabian Sea this morning.

The chopper, with seven people on board, was on way to the offshore site of ONGC from the Juhu helicopter base. Four bodies have been recovered from the sea after the debris of the chopper was located.

The helicopter lost contact with the air traffic control today shortly after take-off from Juhu Aerodrome at 10:20 AM this morning, reports NDTV. 

The chopper, Dauphin N3 with registration number VT PWA, last contacted the Air Traffic Control at 10:35 AM when it was about 30 nautical miles off the Mumbai coast. 

Among those on board were officials from the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation or ONGC who were headed for the Offshore Development Area in the north fields of Mumbai High. 

The Indian Coast guard has launched a search operation for the helicopter. 

Choppers and Immediate Support Vessels or ISVs have been deployed.

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