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Pawan Hans helicopter crash: One more body found

ONGC chopper crash Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Jan 15, 2018, 02.51 PM (IST)

Following a search operation yet another body of a crew member was recovered in the of Pawan Hans helicopter crash.

Along with the body parts of the helicopter like rotor blades, main gearbox, tail gearbox, both engines, Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) etcetera were also recovered.

It may be recalled that five employees of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and two pilots were onboard in the chopper when it crashed on the Arabian sea about 55 km northwest of Juhu airport, Mumbai on Saturday.

Six bodies were already recovered yesterday. 

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has identified four bodies, Pankaj Garg, through his identity card and his colleagues V K Bindu Lal Babu, Jose Antony and P N Sreenivasan through family members. 

Four Indian Naval ships (Teg, Tarasa, T 11 and T 45) were undertaking the search in the area.

The chopper, bearing registration number VT-PWA, was scheduled to land at the designated oil rig at Mumbai High at 11 am. Five employees of state-owned ONGC and two pilots were onboard the chopper.

A team from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau is expected to reach Mumbai from Delhi on Sunday to probe the incident.

According to media reports, the cause of the accident could an aircraft engine mechanical failure or pilot disorientation owing to haze and poor visibility.