A Pawan Hans Chopper used by ONGC met an end and falls into sea causing the death of five senior officials and the two pilots in a crash. Several hours of flying experience of the pilots did not help out the cause for a safe landing back to the helipad. The helicopter, a 2010-make Dauphin, crashed barely in 15 minutes after it took off from the heliport for the North Field of ONGC. Officials of the chopper were airborne at 10.20 a.m. and lost contact at 10.35 a.m. when it had flown 30 nautical miles. This is not a good sign and we should have a disaster management to curb such crashes as human life is under danger in all these accidents mostly. In this case, the chopper had been out of touch with the base and it was treated as crash landed into the sea. It is dangerous to manoeuvre a helicopter in a rough weather and it has been proved time and again and hours of flying experience behind them failed in the manoeuvre. ONGC officials are facing great risk as the Private helicopter riding agency failed with security measures leading to the disaster in the sea.
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