US Marine helicopter missing after Nepal quake
13 May 2015, Nirapad News: A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter was reported missing in Nepal Tuesday while conducting disaster relief operations following the second deadly earthquake to strike the region in three weeks.
The Huey was delivering tarps and rice to victims near Charikot. Six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers were aboard the helicopter, reports Fox News. ?
Pentagon Spokesman Col. Steve Warren said there are “no indications of a crash,” because the area is rugged. No emergency beacon was detected.
Other aircraft nearby heard the helicopter’s pilot say something about a “fuel problem.”
The aircraft is part of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469. It had just dropped off supplies at one area and was en route to a second location.
The Pentagon said that other U.S. military aircraft, including the MV-22 Osprey, were taking part in the search. Warren said the search has been suspended for today due to darkness. Nepalese officials are searching on foot at the site of where the helicopter was supposed to land.