Chopper with ONGC employees on board goes missing in Mumbai

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Ahelicopter carrying seven people, including five ONGC employees, crashed off Mumbai's coast on Saturday. "We are working towards finding the chopper at the earliest", a senior ONGC official said.

The chopper was supposed to land at offshore oil rig Bombay High at 11 am, the Press Trust of India reported citing unnamed sources. At the time, it was 30 nautical miles off Mumbai. However ATC lost contact with the chopper mimutes after it took off and no communication could be revived, reports news agency ANI.

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The ONGC has alerted the Indian Coast Guard about the situation, and a search operation is now underway. The ONGC has alerted the Indian Coast Guard in this regard.

According to reports, the Pawan Hans chopper (VT PWA), with 2 pilots and 5 passenger workers hasn't landed at the disgnated oil rig.

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'We have deployed all our choppers including from each of our naval bases in search of the missing chopper. The Dauphin helicopter lost contact with Air Traffic Control around 10.35 am almost 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.

Following the incident, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan spoke to Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

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