Helicopter goes missing off Mumbai coast, 3 bodies recovered

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Three bodies have been recovered during search and rescue operations for the Pawan Hans Dauphin N2 helicopter which went missing off Mumbai coast on Saturday morning with 7 people on board. We are working towards finding the chopper at the earliest, ' an official of ONGC said.

Sources said the helicopter was on a normal sortie and was supposed to reach the oil rig at Bombay High at 11 am.

No contact could be established after 10.30 AM.

The chopper was airborne at 10:20 am and its last contact with the ATC was at 10:35 am, 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.

Indian Coast Guard said some debris has been found and the search for missing persons is underway.

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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.

The helicopter had been leased to ONGC by the state-owned Pawan Hans helicopter firm.

The navy and coast guard deployed a ship, several boats and aircraft for search and rescue operations.

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

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