Nepal helicopter crash survivors ‘unlikely’: US military

Nepalese and American officials have no hope of finding survivors; recovery operations suspended

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The search-and-rescue operation for the American helicopter that crashed in Nepal turned up with no evidence of survivors.

A wreckage was confirmed to be the that of the missing helicopter around 5pm local time, however both Nepalese and American officials said there were probably no survivors.

US Marine Lieutenant General John Wissler, commander of the joint task force investigating the disappearance, spoke at a news conference in Nepal.

“I can confirm that we have located the wreckage [of the US Marine helicopter that went missing with eight people aboard]... it is unlikely there are any survivors,” he said, adding “We all mourn this tragic loss of life.”

Earlier, AFP reported Nepal’s Defence Secretary Ishwori Paudel as saying three charred bodies were found, but Wissler was not able to confirm the report.

According to a statement made by Joint Task Force 505, “The assessment of the site is ongoing and a thorough investigation will be conducted.”

Wissler said recovery operations would be suspended until Saturday due to heavy thunderstorms and that neither any remains nor the cause of the mishap could be positively identified at this time.

TRTWorld and agencies