No survivors from US helicopter crash in Nepal

Nepal says crash wreckage was found completely destroyed, six Marines and two Nepali soldiers on board died

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Nepalese army has confirmed that the wreck of a missing US military helicopter has been found, along with three bodies.

The Huey helicopter apparently crashed to a mountainside near the village of Ghorthali and was completely destroyed. Nepalese army said "there is no change of any survivors."  

Six US Marine Corps and two Nepalese soldiers were on board when the helicopter went missing three days ago. It was part of a relief operation after the the Nepal earthquake.

Three charred bodies were found and search for other soldiers continues, Nepalese officials said. A US team also is in the area to determine the cause of the crash, Army Major Dave Eastburn, U.S. Pacific Command spokesman, said in a statement issued to Reuters.

The April's magnitude of 7.8 earthquake killed 8,199 people. This 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.

Hundreds of troops, helicopters and even a drone joined the search for the missing helicopter, fueling anger among people who are still waiting for aid as the monsoon season fast approaching.


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