Pawan Hans


Pawan Hans Limited is a government-owned-helicopter service provider based at Noida in Delhi NCR, India.It is under the ownership of Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India. It has cumulatively flown more than 1 million hours and has had 2.5 million landings on its fleet since its formation. The headquarter is located at Sector-1 in Noida with regional office at Delhi and the operations are based at the Juhu Aerodrome in Vile Parle (West), Mumbai.

Pawan Hans Limited
Pawan Hans Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded15 October 1985; 36 years ago (1985-10-15)
as Helicopter Corporation of India
HubsJuhu Aerodrome, Mumbai
Secondary hubsRohini Heliport, Delhi
Fleet size43
Parent companyMinistry of Civil Aviation, Government of India
HeadquartersSector-1, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
RevenueIncrease376 crore (US$49 million)(2019–20)
Operating incomeIncrease−28 crore (US$−3.7 million)(2019-20)
Net incomeIncrease46.84 crore (US$6.1 million)(2015–16)[2]
On service at Vaishno Devi to carry devotee from Katra to Vaishno Devi Dham
Pawan Hans owned Aérospatiale Dauphin Medical Reconnaissance helicopter on display

Other than providing helicopter services to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to its off-shore locations, this government-owned-helicopter service provider is often engaged in providing services to various state governments in India, particularly in North-east India, Inter-island ferry services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and for the last 26 years service to Lakshadweep Administration in ferrying people from Islands to Cochin International Airport and inter-island services. These are considered as the backbone of Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands which are far-flung from Indian shores extending up to 400–500 km into the Arabian Sea, Vaishno Devi Helicopter service for devotees.[3] Service to BSF and Maharashtra Police for Medical and Logistics support in event of Maoist attack on troops.


Pawan Hans Limited was incorporated on 15 October 1985 as the Helicopter Corporation of India (HCI), the country's one and only government-owned-helicopter service provider 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-helicopter service provider with 78.5% ownership by the union government & 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.[4]

As of January 2017, the partially government owned helicopter service provider had a net worth of 3,701.5 crores and paid-up equity share capital was 245.61 crores. Pawan Hans is an "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.[5]


Pawan Hans 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,[6] and also to MHA Guwahati in Assam. While Meghalaya state is suspended,[7] 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.[8]

Arunachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Himachal Pradesh
West Bengal[10][11]



The Pawan Hans fleet as of April 2019[12] includes:

Model Total
Dauphin SA-365N 17
Dauphin AS365N3 14
Bell 206 L4 3
Bell 407 3
Mil Mi-172 3
AS 350 B3 2

It also operates & maintains HAL Dhruv helicopters belonging to Hindustan Aeronautics


Jal HansEdit

Pawan Hans jointly owns Jal Hans, India's first amphibious aircraft service with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Administration.[13]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

On 13 January 2018, a helicopter with ONGC staff on board crashes in Mumbai, all bodies includes 5 ONGC officers and 2 pilots recovered.[14] In 2011, PHHLs operations in the North Eastern States of India came under serious public criticism due to safety issues.[15] 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.[16]

  • 22 Sep 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[17] crashed near Shillong.[18]
  • 06 Aug 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[19] that had flung open during a flight.[20]
  • 29 Apr 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 5 people were found dead.[26]
  • 04 Aug 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.[27][28]
  • 04 Nov 2015: Pawan Hans Helicopter (Aerospatiale Dauphin) employed in offshore oil platform service crashed into the 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 passengers were present. Both the pilots perished in the incident.[29][30]
  • 13 Jan 2018: Pawan Hans Helicopter crashed into the Arabian Sea Off the coast of Mumbai while ferrying seven people including ONGC personnel. The bodies of the seven people, including 5 senior ONGC officers, debris from the aircraft was located.[31]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ "Pawan Hans 2015–16".
  3. ^ "Civil Aviation". Government of India Portal. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  4. ^ "ONGC raises stake to 49% in Pawan Hans". Business Line. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Government to sell 51% stake in Pawan Hans, seeks bids to appoint merchant bankers".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Routes served
  8. ^ India, Press Trust of (26 July 2012). "Pawan Hans resumes chopper service in Meghalaya". Business Standard India.
  9. ^ "MIZORAMA HELICOPTER SERVICE TUR CHIEF MINISTER IN HAWNG". Mizoram DIPR. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Preliminary Information Memorandum" (PDF). Ministry of Civil Aviation. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  13. ^ "First Indian seaplane service launched". Zee News. 27 December 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  14. ^ "Mumbai: Chopper with 7 on board crashes in sea, 4 bodies recovered". 13 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Will government overhaul Pawan Hans?". IBN Live. 4 May 2011. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ Pawan Hans Directors Report Page 2 31 December 2005 Pawan Hans
  18. ^ Minister, MLAs among 10 dead in Pawan Hans chopper crash
  20. ^ ACCIDENT WATCH: Chopper crew falls to death from 10000 feet « News from Darjeeling, Dooars & Sikkim
  22. ^ Chopper crashes in Chandigarh airport, pilots injured
  23. ^ "Chopper crashes minutes before flying Punjab minister". The Times of India. 17 December 2010. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012.
  24. ^ PTI. "17 killed as copter falls into gorge". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  25. ^ "Pawans Hans helicopter crashes in Arunachal Pradesh, 17 dead". Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  26. ^ Wreckage of Arunachal Chief Minister's Chopper, three bodies found: Sources
  27. ^ Hindustan Times
  28. ^ "Pawan Hans crash: Bodies of three occupants spotted". 12 August 2015.
  29. ^ "Pawan Hans Helicopter Crashes off Mumbai Coast, 2 Pilots Missing".
  30. ^ "Pawan Hans helicopter crash: Coast Guard recover body of one of the two pilots-Mumbai News , Firstpost". 10 November 2015.
  31. ^ "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

  • Official website
  • Pawan Hans fleet