MUMBAI: A Pawan Hans helicopter, with two pilots and five ONGC deputy general managers on board, crashed in the Arabian Sea about 55km northwest of Juhu airport on Saturday morning. The chopper was on its way to a production platform complex in Bombay High when tragedy struck.

The Coast Guard and the Navy have recovered six bodies along with some wreckage and life jackets. The body of Pankaj Garg was identified based on his ONGC identity card. The bodies of his colleagues V K Bindu Lal Babu, Jose Antony and P N Sreenivasan were identified by their families. The relatives of the others are in Nanavati Hospital trying to identify the bodies with the help of personal belongings like rings and other jewellery.

The Dauphin AS 365 N3 twin-engine helicopter took off from Juhu at 10.14am for a production platform complex about 93km offshore. At 10.26am, the pilot radio-communicated with the Juhu air traffic control and, as per procedure, changed the communication…

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