ONGC’s Pawan Hans chopper crash: 7th body found, police lodges accident case

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:51 AM IST
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Mumbai: Police on Monday registered an Accidental Death Report (ADR) in the Pawan Hans helicopter crash of Saturday which killed five senior ONGC personnel besides two pilots, a police official said. Meanwhile, on the third day of search in the high seas, the rescuers located the last remaining body – of the missing pilot, an Indian Coast Guard spokesperson said on Monday.

Earlier the rescue teams of Indian Navy and the Coast Guard had recovered six bodies on Saturday, including the five ONGC deputy general managers who perished and one of the pilots. ICG ship Samrat found the pilot’s body while ONGC vessel Samudra Sevak in the crash site recovered more debris of the crashed Dauphin helicopter, including rotor blades, main gear box, tail gear box, both engines, emergency locator transmitter and other items from the Arabian Sea.

A high-level ONGC team met top Coast Guard officials to assess the situation arising out of the tragedy and formulate further strategy for the recovery of the debris of the crashed chopper and parts of the victims’ bodies, if any. ONGC is reviewing offshore logistics operations after five of its ‘energy soldiers’ were killed in a helicopter crash in the Arabian Sea. The company employees and officers held a condolence meeting to mourn their colleagues’ death.

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