Pawan Hans

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Pawan Hans
Pawan Hans Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1985
Hubs Juhu Aerodrome, Mumbai
Secondary hubs Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
Focus cities Mumbai, New Delhi
Frequent-flyer program Flying returns
Airport lounge Maharaja Lounge
Alliance Star alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size 46
Company slogan Your own helicopter palace in the sky.
Parent company Air India limited
Headquarters New Delhi, India

On service at Vaishno Devi to carry devotee from Katra to Vaishno Devi Dham
Pawan Hans owned Aerospatiale Dauphin Medical Reconnaissance helicopter on display

Pawan Hans Limited is a helicopter service company based in New Delhi, India.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.[1] Service to BSF and Maharashtra Police for Medical and Logistics support in event of maoist attack on troops.


Pawan Hans was incorporated on 15 October 1985 as the Helicopter Corporation of India (HCL), 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 PHHL being enhanced to 245 crore from the existing 1.13 billion.[2]

The corporate office is located at Noida with regional offices at Delhi and Mumbai. The company has a net worth of 37,015 million and equity capital is 1,137 million. Pawan Hans is "Approved Maintenance Centre of Eurocopter" and also the first ISO 9001 : 2000 certified aviation company in India.

It offers helicopter services for -

  • Off Shore operations
  • Inter island transportation
  • Connecting inaccessible areas
  • Customs and pipeline surveillance
  • Casualty and rescue work
  • Charter services
  • VIP transportation
  • Film shooting and aerial photography
  • Flower dropping and other
  • Customized services.


Pawan Hans fly to various points in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Sikkim, Nagaland, Odisha, West Bengal,[3] and also to MHA Guwahati in Assam. While Meghalaya state is suspended.[4] Meghalaya 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.[5]

Arunachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
West Bengal[7][8]


The fleet includes:[9]

Model Total
Dauphin SA-365N 18
Dauphin AS365N3 17
Bell 206 L4 3
Bell 407 3
Mil Mi-172 3
AS 350 B3 2

Jal Hans[edit]

Main article: Jal Hans

Pawan Hans jointly owns Jal Hans, India's first amphibious aircraft service with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration.[10]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

In 2011, PHHLs operations in the North Eastern States of India came under serious public criticism due to safety issues.[11] 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.[12]

  • On 22 Sept 2004, Meghalaya Community and Rural Development Minister Cyprian Sangma, two MLAs and a former Deputy Speaker were killed when a Pawan Hans helicopter crashed near Shillong.[13]
  • 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 that had flung open during a flight.[14]
  • On 18 Dec 2010, a Pawan Hans helicopter crashed at Chandigarh Airport, leaving the pilots injured.[15][16]
  • On 19 April 2011, a Pawan Hans Mil Mi-17 on a flight from Guwahati to Tawang crashed in a gorge and caught fire, whilst trying to land near Tawang. Out of 23 people on board, 17 were killed in the crash, while two more succumbed to burn injuries later.[17][18]
  • 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.[19]


  1. ^ "Civil Aviation". Government of India Portal. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  2. ^ "ONGC raises stake to 49% in Pawan Hans". Business Line. 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
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  9. ^ "Fleet Details". Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "First Indian seaplane service launched". Zee News. 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  11. ^ "Will government overhaul Pawan Hans?". The Times of India. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
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  13. ^ Minister, MLAs among 10 dead in Pawan Hans chopper crash
  14. ^ ACCIDENT WATCH: Chopper crew falls to death from 10000 feet « News from Darjeeling, Dooars & Sikkim
  15. ^ Chopper crashes in Chandigarh airport, pilots injured
  16. ^ "Chopper crashes minutes before flying Punjab minister". The Times of India. 17 December 2010. 
  17. ^ "Pawan Hans chopper crashes in Arunachal, 17 dead". The Times of India. 19 April 2011. 
  18. ^ Helicopter with 23 on board crashes in Arunachal Pradesh : India: India Today[dead link]
  19. ^ Wreckage of Arunachal Chief Minister's Chopper, three bodies found: Sources

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