Chopper with five ONGC employees goes missing

Mumbai helicopter missing ONGC CMD rushes to Mumbai

It was scheduled to land at ONGC's North Field oil rig at 10.58 am, but did not, The Indian Express reported. At the time, it was 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.

"Some debris have been found", officials said, adding that search for missing persons are underway. "Debris located by CG Ship and one body recovered", Coast Guard was quoted as saying by ANI.

The chopper was headed to the Mumbai High offshore airfields, initial reports said. No contact could be established with the pilots after 10.30 am.

As per reports, the helicopter was airborne at 10.20am, and it lost contact with air traffic control 15 minutes later.

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According to Indian Coast Guard, the last contact made by the chopper with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and ONGC was at 1035 hrs.

The Navy said it had deployed its stealth frigate INS Teg for the search operation while surveillance aircraft P8i is also being press into service.

Meanwhile, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted, "Spoke to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman & requested for help from Coast Guard and other agencies in the search and rescue operations; CMDONGC has rushed to Mumbai". "It is a Pawan Hans chopper, carrying five employees".

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