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Helicopter carrying 7 goes missing off Mumbai coast, search underway

Helicopter carrying 7 goes missing off Mumbai coast, search underway

"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. Total crew on board 5 besides 2 pilots.

The ONGC has alerted the Indian Coast Guard about the situation, and a search operation is now underway. "Will update once any news is received", the Indian Coast Guard said. The Dauphin helicopter lost contact with Air Traffic Control around 10.35 am almost 30 nautical miles off Mumbai. The last contact it established was around 10.30 am, with an air traffic control manned from an oil rig.

The helicopter was scheduled to land at ONGC's North Field at 10.58 am, ANI reported.

The Indian Navy, too, has deployed its vessels for the search operation.

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The chopper was headed to the Mumbai High offshore airfields, initial reports said. "Seaking 42B helicopter being launched in addition". The ONGC has alerted the Indian Coast Guard in this regard, says a The Times of India report.

The helicopter lost contact with Air Traffic Control (ATC) 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.

Search operations for the chopper are underway. However, a statement from Pawan Hans and ONGC is awaited.


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