Chopper with five ONGC employees goes missing


India's navy says it is searching for a helicopter missing over the Arabian sea that had taken off from a Mumbai airfield with two pilots and five employees of a state-owned oil company on board.

It was reportedly 30 nautical miles off the western coast before going off-radar.

The Indian Navy has said that a Seaking 42B helicopter has been launched in addition to the two Immediate Support Vehicles (ISV) and three Coast Guard Units. "Debris located by CG Ship and one body recovered", Coast Guard was quoted as saying by ANI.

"We have deployed all our choppers, including ones from each of our naval bases, to search for the missing chopper", said senior ONGC official RK Mishra.

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No contact could be established with the pilots after 10.30 am.

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". However, a statement from Pawan Hans and ONGC is awaited.

Search operations are on, they added.