4 dead after helicopter crash with NGO workers in Arabian Sea

Four people died after a Pawan Hans helicopter crashed into the Arabian Sea about 50 nautical miles off the coast of Mumbai on June 28. The helicopter, with two pilots and seven others on board, was attempting to land on the ONGC platform, Sagar Kiran, when the incident took place.

The helicopter, believed to be a brand new Sikorsky helicopter that Pawan Hans had recently rented, managed to stay afloat with the help of the attached floats for some time, helping rescuers pull out the nine people, a source said. company manager.

The circumstances leading to the incident were not immediately known.

While the ONGC Malviya-16 vessel rescued four people, one person was extracted by a rescue boat from the Sagar Kiran platform. Navy helicopters airlifted four unconscious people to hospitals in Mumbai, the official said.

“Four people rescued by a Navy helicopter were brought unconscious to the base and taken to hospital. Unfortunately, they could not survive,” the CGSB said in a news release.

“ONGC deeply mourns this tragic loss of life. ONGC is reaching out to the families affected and providing all possible support. An investigation has been opened,” the company said.

ONGC owns key oil and gas fields off the coast of Mumbai and Pawan Hans helicopters regularly transport company employees and officers to oil installations up to 160 km from the coast.

“#Helicopter crashed in #Arabian Sea near #ONGC Sagar Kiran rig at #Mumbai High; carrying 7 passengers and 2 pilots,” ONGC tweeted on the morning of June 28.

The Navy had deployed the Seaking and ALH helicopters and the Indian Navy vessel Teg for the rescue of passengers and crew from the ONGC helicopter.

Not the first helicopter accident for ONGC

Offshore fields include Mumbai High, the country’s largest oilfield, and Bassein Fields, the largest gas field. The helicopter crash is not the first accident in ONGC’s history. In August 2003, an Mi-172 helicopter crashed off the coast of Mumbai, killing 27 people and the pilot on board.

On January 13, 2018, a Pawan Hans helicopter with seven people on board, including five CGSB officers and two pilots, crashed off the coast of Mumbai minutes after taking off for the company’s oil facility. public in the Arabian Sea. All seven are dead. In 2002, a Dauphin helicopter rented by the CGSB crashed at sea but the 10 passengers were rescued.

In April 2003, a Bell 412 helicopter carrying CGSB personnel crashed while landing at Juhu Airfield.

(Edited by : Shoma Bhattacharjee)

First post: STI

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