Pawan Hans chopper with 7 crashes off Mumbai, 3 bodies found


The Pawan Hans chopper went missing after it took off from Juhu airport at 10:20am in Mumbai.

The Coast Guard has traced the Aircraft Voice Data Recorder (VDR) of the Pawan Hans helicopter which crashed off the Mumbai coast yesterday while the recovery of the remaining debris is in progress. No contact could be established after 10.30am and search operations were launched soon after, another official added.

Relatives of the others are trying to identify the bodies in Nanavati Hospital - by looking at their belongings. The helicopter had 3 hour and 10 minutes of fuel onboard. A Boeing P8i from the naval air station INS Rajali at Arrakonam, Tamil Nadu and Speaking 42C from Naval Air station INS Shikra Colaba had also joined in the search operations. Sources reports are claiming that the helicopter lost contact with the air traffic control today shortly after take-off from Juhu Aerodrome at 10:20 AM this morning.

"Identification of the bodies is in the process", the ONGC statement said.

The helicopter crash is not the first accident in ONGC's history. Whether it is parts of the wreckage is yet be confirmed. "It is a relatively new aircraft and is one of the finest models among choppers", said M S Boora, official spokesperson for Pawan Hans.

Officials said that helicopters are often used to ferry the company's employees for routine inspections to as far as 160 kms offshore. "The vessel is the first of its kind to be inducted in the Indian Navy to undertake Hydrographic surveys, required for production of nautical charts and publications aimed at improving navigational safety at sea".