ONGC to institute high-level investigation into Chopper crash; announces supports package for bereaved families

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is set to institute a high-level independent investigation into the ill-fated Chopper crash on Saturday, which led to the demise of six passengers on-board and one still missing. 

Mr. Shashi Shanker, CMD ONGC, while expressing his grief at this irreparable loss, said no compensation can substitute such tragic loss. We are trying to provide all supports to help the families to tide over this colossal crisis.

Laying stress on safety issues, CMD already had discussions with CMD of Pawan Hans, to work out various modalities ensuring accident-free future operations. Mr. Shanker also pointed out that “all permissible steps will be taken to restore safety and confidence of offshore-going personnel”. He also noted  that stern action will be taken if any lapses are found on safety front. Stressing on the importance of Air-logistics, he said that “we will go beyond DGCA compliance procedures for the aircrafts and that a critical review of safety-adequacy of each and every aspect of the helicopter fleet and its operation will be carried out to bring about necessary changes”.

CMD, who is spearheading the Search and Rescue operations said “In this hours of grief, I along-with my colleagues on the Board as well as all ONGCians stand by the families of the deceased officers. While praying for peace for the departed souls, I want to assure you that we will take all measures to support the families in the best possible manner”.

Further it is to mention that the search operation is still on for the missing ONGC Officer with a large fleet of vessels in association with Coast Guard.

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