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November 4, 2015
Two pilots missing as Pawan Hans helicopter crashes in Arabian sea: Door found
MUMBAI: A Pawan Hans helicopter crashed into the Arabian sea shortly after taking off from an ONGC installation in the Mumbai High field on Wednesday evening, defence sources said. Two pilots were reported missing. The last known position of the Pawan Hans helicopter was 82 nautical miles west of Mumbai. One door of the helicopter has been sighted in the sea.

The pilots' names have been released as E Samuel and T K Guha. The chopper was a 14-seater VTPWF Dauphin of 2001-make. It had taken off from the oil rig at 7:12 pm and lost contact eight minutes later.

ONGC hires Pawan Hans to ferry its officials from Mumbai to its offshore oilfield. There were no passengers on board as the Medivac chopper was on its last sortie of the day from a platform on the Mumbai High south oil and gas field about 160 km off the coast.

A full scale rescue operation has been launched by the Navy. Destroyer INS Mumbai has been despatched to the area. Two war vessels of the navy are already in the area looking for survivors. The Coast Guard and ONGC have also pressed their vessels into service to locate pilots. A night capable helicopter Seaking C is on the job.

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