The Marine US helicopter that disappeared this week during a relief mission after earthquake in Nepal, was found being crashed with the bodies of eight soldiers, who were on board, nearby.
The Marine US helicopter that disappeared this week during a relief mission after earthquake in Nepal, was found being crashed with the bodies of eight soldiers nearby, who were on board.
On Friday the first three bodies and the helicopter wreckage were detected at the crash site in the mountains northeast of capital Kathmandu be Nepalese army forces. Later they together with US military personnel recovered the remaining five bodies. At the moment only the pilot has been identified as 31-year-old Marine Capt. Chris Norgren of Wichita, Kansas.
During a week of intense search of the missing helicopter that delivered aid with six Marines and two Nepali on board a lot of US and Nepali forces were involved, including aircraft and satellites.
The team of Lt. John Wissler, commander of the Marine-led joint task force, couldn’t immediately determine the cause of crash of the UH-1 ‘Huey’ or identify the bodies on Friday, when they were found. An investigation into the crash could take weeks or months. He added that the crash appeared to be severe and that rescue team faced such difficulties as extreme weather and troublesome terrain while recovering.
Helicopter wreckage was founded about 15 miles from Charikot, the town near where it went missing during the humanitarian aid delivering mission to villages hit by two dreadful earthquakes. The area of crash is located near Gothali village in the district of Dolakha, about 50 miles northeast of Kathmandu.