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ONGC helicopter makes emergency landing in Arabian Sea; all 9 onboard rescued

The chopper was attempting to land at the Sagar Kiran rig, located some 50 nautical miles from the Mumbai coast, officials told PTI.

June 28, 2022 / 03:56 PM IST
Representative image (Source: Reuters)

Representative image (Source: Reuters)

A helicopter of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), carrying seven passengers and two pilots, met with a mishap on June 28 in the Arabian Sea.

The chopper made an emergency landing near ONGC’s Sagar Kiran rig in the Mumbai High offshore oilfield, located off the west coast of Mumbai city, the state-run oil exploration firm said in an update.

All nine persons onboard have been rescued, news agency PTI reported, adding that the Indian Navy and Coast Guard had joined the rescue operations.

The chopper was attempting to land at the rig, located some 50 nautical miles from the Mumbai coast, when the incident took place, news agency PTI reported. About 1.5 km from the landing zone on the rig, the chopper fell into the sea, it added, citing inputs received from an official. The circumstances that led to the incident were not immediately clear.

The helicopter was forced to land using floaters that are attached to choppers that carry personnel and material from shore to offshore installations, the report added.

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

(With PTI inputs)
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first published: Jun 28, 2022 01:32 pm
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