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A Pawan Hans helicopter, which was on duty for ONGC, crashed off the coast of Mumbai on Saturday, January 13.

Seven people were on board the helicopter, out of which four are said to have been killed. The deceased were senior ONGC officials, reported ANI. Three people are still missing and search operations are being carried out. 

The Coast Guard has recovered the debris of the chopper and is said to be trying to locate the missing passengers. The pilots of the plane too are missing.

The seven-year-old chopper reportedly took off from Juhu at 10.20 am and the last contact it made with the Air Traffic Control was at 10.35 am. The chopper was flying to the Mumbai High North Field and was supposed to land at around 11 am. 

"VTPWA Dauphin AS 365 N3 was scheduled to land at North Field of ONGC at 10.58am but didn't land at the scheduled time. No contact could be established after 10.30am and search operations were launched soon after," NDTV quoted an official as saying.

Search operations are on and the Coast Guard said that it had already sent a ship and search aircraft to the site of the crash.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has also been apprised of the situation and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said that he is going to Mumbai to coordinate things. 

Speaking of the crash, the ONGC said that the reason behind the mishap is yet to be ascertained.