Chopper crashes off Mumbai coast, 3 bodies found

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Three people died and four went missing after a Pawan Hans helicopter, which was heading to ONGC's north field with seven persons on board, crashed into the sea near the Mumbai coast Saturday, official sources said.

According to reports, the chopper (VT PWA), with 2 pilots and 5 passengers workers hasn't landed at the designated oil rig and there is no information about its whereabouts. Three bodies have been recovered, Coast Guard said.

The last contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) was made at around 10.30 am, 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.

It was a chopper operated by Pawan Hans, India's state owned helicopter operator. The Indian Navy, too, has deployed its vessels for the search operation.

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No contact could be established after 10.30 AM.

The chopper was headed to the Mumbai High offshore airfields, initial reports said.

In the latest update, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted saying all posible assistance is being extended in the rescue operations.

Five ships of the Indian Coast Guard have been diverted to the area and search operation is on.

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