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25 feared killed in ONGC chopper crash

Syed Firdaus Ashraf in Mumbai | August 11, 2003 13:55 IST
Last Updated: August 11, 2003 19:28 IST


At least 25 people were feared killed when an MI 172 chopper carrying Oil and Natural Gas Corporation employees and some contractors crashed off the Mumbai coast on Monday afternoon.

The chopper crashed at around 1215 IST shortly after taking off from the Sagar Kiran rig in the Neelam oil field area, 35 km off the Mumbai coast.

Two survivors of the crash were flown to the Juhu helibase in Mumbai along with the bodies of two out of the four crew members, ONGC Director (offshore) V K Sharma said.

The bodies of Capt Jaiswal and Flight Engineer Ravindran have been kept at the base, while the survivors -- S Mandloi
and A J Mhatre -- have been sent home in Navi Mumbai, Sharma said.

The chopper was ownd by Mesco, a private firm.

Union Petroleum Minister Ram Naik has arrived in the city.

Three vessels from the ONGC along with two helicopters and Indian Navy personnel are carrying out search operations for possible survivors.

"A technical team is trying to find the reason for the crash," a MESCO official, who did not wish to be quoted, told rediff.com
 
Association of Scientific and Technical Officers working president L K Mirchandani told rediff.com: "We have been calling for chopper safety for a long time and petitioned the ONGC in this regard. They wrote a letter to us saying our demands will be considered."

  


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Sub: Please put up the list of the missing & dead

please put up the list of the missing & dead we are woorried about uor loved ones we have no news of him ...


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My heartfelt condolences to the bereived families. I have operated in teh BOmbayHigh Offshore as snr. mngr. cat fields for three years and hav eseen ...


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Pls list out the effected in the crash


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respected sir, it is very sad day for the ONGCians i express my deep condolences to the bereaved families.it is also very unfortunate that even ...


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Very bad news for ONGCians. Expressing solidarity with all ONGCians to the breved families.


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