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The helicopter operated by Pawan Hans with five ONGC personnel and two pilots on board on Saturday crashed off the city coast while heading to an oil rig at Mumbai High
Tragedy in India as a Dauphin helicopter crashed near Mumbai on 13th January, 2018. A Pawan Hans (a private operator) Airbus Helicopters AS365N3 Dauphin 2 (registered VT PWA) with five ONGC personnel and two pilots on board on Saturday crashed off the city coast while heading to an oil rig at Mumbai High.
Nobody survived the crash: 6 bodies have been retrieved from the water. After 72 hours one person, one of the two pilots, is still missing, presumed dead VT-PWA, 13 Jan 2018.
According to defence spokesperson, some objects, which could be parts of the helicopter have been recovered from the site. Whether it is parts of the wreckage is yet be confirmed.
A Dornier aircraft and a ship were the first to be deployed for search and rescue.
AS365N3 DAUPHIN 2 HELICOPTER CRASHES IN INDIA
The helicopter (registered VT-PWA, similar to the one pictured above), with 2 Pawan Hans pilots and 5 passengers, all ONGC employees, took off at 10.14 am from Juhu airport. The helicopter had 3 hour and 10 minutes of fuel onboard. The last contact it established was around 10.30 am, with an air traffic control manned from an oil rig.
"The pilots, as per the procedure, had changed over their radio contact from Juhu air traffic control to the one manned on the oil rig around 10.25 am," said a source. Thereafter, they were in touch with the rig air traffic controller for up to 9 kms, about 2 mins. "There has been no contact with the helicopter since 10.30 am, by when it was about 50 kms off the coast of Mumbai," the source. The helicopter was expected to land at a platform around 11 am.
The Dauphin helicopter, registered VT PWA, took off at 10.20 a.m. Just 15 minutes later, it suddenly lost contact with both the Mumbai ATC and the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).
At that time, it was thought to be flying around 55 km off the Mumbai shoreline, presumably en route to the ONGC's Bombay High oilfields, around 175 km northwest from here.