All bodies recovered from crashed US helicopter in Nepal

Eight soldiers were aboard when US helicopter crashed during aid operation in Nepal

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The bodies of eight soldiers have been recovered after both Nepalese and American officials announced there were probably no survivors from the wreckage of a US military helicopter lost on an earthquake relief mission in Nepal.

There were six US marines and two Nepali soldiers in the helicopter when it went missing.

The remains would soon be transferred to Kathmandu, Jagadish Pokharel, a spokesman for the Nepali army said.

Six U.S. marines and two Nepali soldiers were on the helicopter when it went missing on Tuesday. It apparently crashed into a mountainside and was completely destroyed. Army officials said the helicopter experienced a fuel problem before the accident.

The April's magnitude of the 7.8 earthquake killed 8,199 people. The first one was followed by a 7.3 magnitude aftershock on May 12. At least 117 people were killed in the aftershock. The worst earthquake that hit the Himalayan country was in 1934 and it killed more than 8,500 people.


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