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Pawan Hans Limited is a helicopter service company based in New Delhi, India. Pawan Hans is a Mini Ratna-I category PSU. It has cumulatively flown more than 1 million hours and has had 2.5 million landings on its fleet since its formation. The operations are based at the Juhu Aerodrome in Vile Parle (West), Mumbai. Other than providing helicopter services to ONGC to its off-shore locations, this public sector company is often engaged for providing services to various state governments in India, particularly in North-east India, Inter-island ferry services in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, for last 26 years service to Lakshdweep Administration in ferrying people from Islands to Kochi Intl airport and inter-island services. These are considered as backbone of Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands which are far flung from Indian shores extending up to 400–500 km into Arabian sea, Vaishno Devi Helicopter service for devotees.[5] Service to BSF and Maharashtra Police for Medical and Logistics support in event of maoist attack on troops.

Pawan Hans Limited
Pawan Hans Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
HubsJuhu Aerodrome, Mumbai
Secondary hubsSafdarjung Airport, New Delhi
Fleet size43
Company sloganWe Fly For You
HeadquartersNoida, India
RevenueIncrease500 crore (US$72 million)(2015–16)[3]
Operating incomeIncrease87.61 crore (US$13 million)(2015–16)[4]
Net incomeIncrease46.84 crore (US$6.8 million)(2015–16)[4]
On service at Vaishno Devi to carry devotee from Katra to Vaishno Devi Dham
Pawan Hans owned Aérospatiale Dauphin Medical Reconnaissance helicopter on display


Pawan Hans was incorporated on 15 October 1985 as the Helicopter Corporation of India (HCI), the country's national helicopter company with the objective of providing helicopter support services to the oil sector for its off-shore exploration operations, services in remote areas and charter services for promotion of tourism. It is a government owned enterprise with 78.5% in government hands & 21.5% with ONGC. ONGC has upped its stake to 49% recently, a move that will see the equity base of PHL being enhanced to 245 crores from the existing 113 crores.[6]

The corporate office is located at Noida with regional offices at Delhi and Mumbai. The company has a net worth of 3,701.5 crores and paid up equity share capital is 245.61 crores. Pawan Hans is "Approved Maintenance Centre of Eurocopter" and also the first ISO 9001: 2000 certified aviation company in India.

On 12 January 2017, the Government of India approved the privatization of Pawan Hans.[7]

It offers helicopter services for –

  • Off-Shore operations
  • Inter-island transportation
  • Connecting inaccessible areas
  • Heli-Pilgrimage Tourism
  • Training & Skill Development
  • Customs and pipeline surveillance
  • Casualty and rescue work
  • Charter services
  • Joy Rides
  • VIP transportation
  • Film shooting and aerial photography
  • Flower dropping and other
  • Customised services.
  • Heliport Services
  • MRO Services
  • HEMS


Pawan Hans fly to various points in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh(U.T.) Tripura, Sikkim, Nagaland, Odisha, West Bengal,[8] and also to MHA Guwahati in Assam. While Meghalaya state is suspended,[9] it resumed its service on 26 July 2012. Mukul Sangma, the chief minister of Meghalaya, took a personal ride in the helicopter to check if it is resumable or not.[10]

Arunachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Himachal Pradesh
West Bengal[12][13]



The fleet includes:[14]

Model Total
Dauphin SA-365N 17
Dauphin AS365N3 15
Bell 206 L4 3
Bell 407 3
Mil Mi-172 3
AS 350 B3 2

It also operates & maintains 6 HAL Dhruv helicopters belonging to Border Security Force and Hindustan Aeronautics

Jal HansEdit

Pawan Hans jointly owns Jal Hans, India's first amphibious aircraft service with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration.[15]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

13 January 2018, helicopter with ONGC staff on board crashes in Mumbai, all bodies includes 5 ONGC officers and 2 pilots recovered.[16] In 2011, PHHLs operations in the North Eastern States of India came under serious public criticism due to safety issues.[17] After the crash that killed the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khandu and five others, it operations in the North East region were suspended and DGCA was asked to conduct safety audit of the company. The operations were resumed in January 2013. But yet another accident took place on 4 August 2015 killing 3 people on board, including an IAS officer.[18]

  • On 22 September 2004, Meghalaya Community and Rural Development Minister Cyprian Sangma, two MLAs and a former Deputy Speaker were killed when a Pawan Hans helicopter A 365N[19] crashed near Shillong.[20]
  • On 6 August 2010, a Pawan Hans crew member fell 10,000 feet (3,000 m) to his death at Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh, while trying to close a door of[21] that had flung open during a flight.[22]
  • On 16 Dec 2010, a Pawan Hans Dauphin 365 N3 helicopter[23] crashed at Chandigarh Airport, leaving the pilots injured.[24][25]
  • On 19 April 2011, a Pawan Hans Mil Mi-17 on a flight from Guwahati to Tawang, crashed in a gorge and caught fire while trying to land near Tawang. Out of 23 people on board, 17 were killed.[26][27]
  • On 29 April 2011, a Pawan Hans AS350 B-3 helicopter carrying Dorjee Khandu, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, and four other people, went missing. It was traced four days later near Lobthang. All five people were found dead.[28]
  • On 4 August 2015, a Pawan Hans Dauphin N3 twin-engined aircraft carrying Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Kumar Joshi, a 2010 batch IAS officer, and pilots M S Brar and Rajeev Hoskote crashed killing all its occupants.[29][30]
  • On 4 November 2015 Pawan Hans Helicopter [Aerospatiale Dauphin] employed in offshore oil platform service crashed in to Arabian Sea off the coast of Mumbai. The Helicopter was on night flying practice when the incident happened and was occupied by two pilots only, no passenger were present. Both the pilots perished in the incident.[31][32]
  • On 13 January 2018 Pawan Hans Helicopter crashed into Arabian Sea Off the coast of Mumbai while ferrying seven people including ONGC personnel. The bodies of the seven people, including 5 senior ONGC officer, debris from the aircraft was located.[33]


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  15. ^ "First Indian seaplane service launched". Zee News. 27 December 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
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  17. ^ "Will government overhaul Pawan Hans?". IBN Live. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ Pawan Hans Directors Report Page 2 31 December 2005 Pawan Hans
  20. ^ Minister, MLAs among 10 dead in Pawan Hans chopper crash
  22. ^ ACCIDENT WATCH: Chopper crew falls to death from 10000 feet « News from Darjeeling, Dooars & Sikkim
  24. ^ Chopper crashes in Chandigarh airport, pilots injured
  25. ^ "Chopper crashes minutes before flying Punjab minister". The Times of India. 17 December 2010.
  26. ^ PTI. "17 killed as copter falls into gorge". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  27. ^ "Pawans Hans helicopter crashes in Arunachal Pradesh, 17 dead". Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  28. ^ Wreckage of Arunachal Chief Minister's Chopper, three bodies found: Sources
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  33. ^ "Top ONGC Official Among 4 Killed in Chopper Crash Off Mumbai Coast". Retrieved 13 January 2018.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Pawan Hans at Wikimedia Commons