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Helicopter crashes on way to Indian oil rig, 5 dead and 2 missing

Five people are dead and two are missing after the crash of a helicopter carrying employees of an Indian oil company to an offshore rig in the Arabian Sea.

Workers aboard employed by state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Commission

Five people are dead and two were missing Saturday after the crash of a helicopter carrying employees of an Indian oil company to an offshore rig in the Arabian Sea.

The helicopter was carrying two pilots and five employees of the state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Commission from a Mumbai airfield to the oil rig when it disappeared, prompting a search operation, navy spokesperson Capt. D. Sharma said.

No names were immediately released.

The five bodies were spotted along with debris from the helicopter, Sharma said.

Rescuers on ships found some life-jackets and continued to look for the missing people, he said.

The Press Trust of India news agency said the pilot lost contact with the air traffic control soon after takeoff on Saturday from Mumbai's Juhu airport.

The helicopter belongs to state-run company Pawan Hans, which operates a fleet of helicopters for off-shore operations, charter services and ferrying pilgrims to shrines in mountainous areas.