One Odia among 4 dead in Pawan Hans helicopter crash

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Mumbai: A brand new Pawan Hans chopper with nine people on board crashed into the Arabian Sea, about 50 nautical miles from the Mumbai coast on Tuesday, killing four people — including one Odia.

All the deceased have been identified as ONGC employees. Odia geologist Satyambada Patra is also among them. Others have been identified as Mukesh Patel, Bijay Mandloi and Sanju Francis.

The chopper was carrying at least seven passengers and two pilots. The rescue was carried out by ONGC vessel Malviya-16 and a boat from the oil rig Sagar Kiran, while the Indian Coast Guard also deployed its aerial and marine assets in the efforts.

Four of the nine pulled out were unconscious and airlifted in a Navy chopper to a hospital in Mumbai, where they were declared dead.

ONGC has ordered a probe into the incident.

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