Pawan Hans chopper crash in Mumbai: Black box, debris found
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Pawan Hans chopper crash in Mumbai: Black box, debris found

mumbai Updated: Jan 15, 2018 00:11 IST
Manish K Pathak
Manish K Pathak
Hindustan Times
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Indian Navy units engaged in search and rescue operation.(NAVY)

A day after the Pawan Hans helicopter crashed around 30 nautical miles of Mumbai’s coast, the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Sunday found the aircraft voice data recorder (black box) and some debris 600 yards from wreckage position, said Commandant Varun Augustya of ICG.

The two fast interceptor aircraft INS Teg and INS Tarasa have been coordinating in the area along with Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ships Samudra Prahari and Achook and Agrim and ONGC assets, said Captain DK Sharma, spokesperson of the Indian Navy.

The INS Makar (twin-hulled catamaran hydrography ship) from Karwar was also en route to the area to expand the efforts and locate debris in the search operation. Apart from the Indian coast guard, ship Samrat also sailed from Mumbai to join the search and rescue operation, said Sharma.

Indian Navy Dornier (medium range aircraft) and P8I (long range aircraft) continued to augment surface search efforts late on Saturday night and efforts with helicopters Seaking SK 520 and Chetak CH 429 have been continuing since Sunday morning. Additional debris sighted by ships/ aircraft are being recovered, said Sharma.

A total 16 ships (two Indian Navy, five ICG and 9 ONGC) and four aircrafts (Seaking/ Chetak from Indian Navy and Dornier/ from ICG) have been in the operation since Sunday morning to search the body and rest of the debris of the helicopter, said a Navy official.

The diving team of Samudra Sevak and another team of INS Teg were on standby till morning, but they started diving along with the ONGC in the afternoon.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 21:34 IST