Mumbai: Four people, including three employees of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), died in a helicopter crash in the Arabian Sea on Tuesday. According to the company, nine people, including two pilots, were on board a Pawan Hans helicopter. The accident happened at around 11:45 am, 50 nautical miles off the Mumbai coast.
It was part of six Sikorsky S-76D helicopters, news agency PTI quoted ONGC officials as saying. It was recently taken on lease by Pawan Hans from Milestone Aviation Group.
According to officials, the helicopter was supposed to go to ONGC’s ‘Sagar Kiran Rig’ located some off the Mumbai coast. It is known as Mumbai High. According to officials, the helicopter was just four to five minutes away from the Sagar Kiran rig when the accident took place.
He said that the accident happened around 11:45 am. The helicopter was then at a distance of about 1.8 km from the Sagar Kiran rig. The helicopter avoided sinking with the help of floaters, which helped the rescue team to rescue all nine people.
All 9 persons onboard helicopter were rescued. Unfortunately, four of them, brought unconscious to the Mumbai base and taken to the hospital, lost the battle of life. #ONGC deeply mourns this loss. https://t.co/ljfmDesV3K
— Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) (@ONGC_) June 28, 2022
Officials said four people aboard the helicopter had fainted. He was taken to a hospital in Mumbai by a Navy helicopter, where he was declared brought dead.
Three of the dead are ONGC employees. The same, the fourth person is associated with a contractor working for ONGC. Officials said the cause of the incident was yet to be ascertained but the weather was bad and there were huge waves in the sea. ONGC has already started investigation into the incident.