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Mumbai: Following an extensive search operation, jointly conducted by ONGC, Coast Guard and Indian Navy, six bodies including one of the two pilots of ill-fated Pawan Hans chopper have so far been recovered. The search is on for one more person who is still missing.

Bodies of ONGC Officials Mr. P N Srinivasan, Mr. R Saravanan, Mr. Jose Antony, Mr. Pankaj Garg and one of the pilots Capt. R Ohatkar, have been identified. The identification process for the sixth body is still on. During the Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations on Sunday, the VDR of the chopper was recovered. Search operation is on for the remaining debris of the production chopper VT – PWA.

The bodies of five ONGC deputy general managers and one pilot have been recovered and brought to shore. The VDR could provide clues on the circumstances and caused leading to the helicopter crash which has stunned the ONGC and PHL establishments.

The ONGC officials were identified as P. N. Sreenivasan and Pankaj Garg (both DGM, Mechanical), Jose Antony, R. Sarvanan and V.K. Bindulal Babu (all DGM, Production) and all based in Mumbai. The two pilots have been identified as Captains V.C. Katoch and Ramesh Oathkar.

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