ONGC Sikorsky S-76D helicopter makes emergency landing in the Arabian Sea; 4 people dead

A helicopter carrying seven passengers and two pilots today made an emergency landing in the Arabian Sea near the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) rig at Sagar Kiran in Mumbai High, the company said in a tweet.

Four people on board a Pawan Hans chopper have lost their lives. Three of them were ONGC employees. The brand new Pawan Hans Sikorsky chopper had nine persons, two pilots and seven passengers, on board.

PHL Helicopter VT-PWI ( Sikorsky76 D) Took off from Juhu at 10:54 AM for Sagar Kiran ONGC Rig. PHL Ops Room at Juhu was informed by ops room ONGC at 11:45 PM that the helicopter has ditched at sea.

PHL Helicopter VT-PWI ( Sikorsky76 D) Took off from Juhu at 10:54 AM for Sagar Kiran ONGC Rig.

The helicopter mishap occurred around 11:50 am, about 60 nautical miles west of Mumbai, near ONGC’s Sagar Kiran offshore rig. A total of nine people, including seven passengers and two pilots, were on board the chopper.

All nine survivors were rescued. Four survivors were picked by OSV Malviya 16, one by boat of Sagar Kiran oil rig & two each by Indian Navy ALH & Seaking helicopters. Four critical survivors are being evacuated to Juhu by Navy helicopters for management at ONGC hospital.

The helicopter was forced to land using the floaters that are attached to such coppers that carry personnel and material from shore to offshore installations.

The helicopter, which had six ONGC personnel onboard, and one belonging to a contractor working for the company, was forced to land using the floaters that are attached to such coppers that carry personnel and material from shore to offshore installations.

The circumstances that led to the emergency landing were not immediately clear. Other details too were awaited.

The Indian Coast Guard is coordinating with the Indian Navy & ONGC for the mobilisation of the rescue effort

Coast Guard Aircraft dropped life rafts for survivors. The international safety net is being activated by MRCC. Coast Guard is coordinating with the Indian Navy & ONGC for the mobilisation of the rescue effort. OSV Malviya 16 is diverted by MRCC Mumbai to join the rescue operations.

ONGC has several rigs and installations in the Arabia Sea that are used to produce oil and gas from reservoirs lying below the seabed.

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