Chopper crash: Search ops on to trace missing crew members

Chopper crash: Search ops on to trace missing crew members
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The Navy has widened its search operations for the missing crew members of the Pawan Hans helicopter which crashed off the Mumbai coast yesterday. The helicopter with seven people on-board, including five ONGC officers and two pilots, crashed off the Mumbai coast minutes after it took off for the state-owned companys oil installation in the Arabian sea yesterday. Five bodies were recovered yesterday, the Coast Guard and the Navy said in their statements earlier.

A Navy spokesperson said today that the two Fast Interceptor Crafts, INS Tarasa and the frigate INS Teg were coordinating the search in the area along with Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ships Samudra Prahari, Achook and Agrim. The INS Makar (a twin hulled catamaran hydrography ship) from Karwar was also en route to area to augment the search efforts, he said. The ICGS Samrat also sailed out from Mumbai to join the search and rescue operations, he said.

Besides, ICG Dornier from Daman, IN Seaking 42 B from Shikra (helibase) and nine ONGC Vessels were also deployed for search in the area, he said. The ONGC vessel TAG 15 undertaking side scan sonar operations has found some debris 600 yards from the wreckage position, the spokesperson said. The diving team from Samudra Sevak vessel is preparing to undertake the search while the team from INS Teg is kept on standby, he said.

The Pawan Hans helicopter with five Oil and Natural...

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