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All 8 on board crashed US military chopper dead: Nepal Army

All eight people on board a US Marines helicopter that crashed in Nepal, including six American Marines and two Nepalese soldiers, are dead, authorities confirmed on Saturday.

world Updated: May 16, 2015 10:18 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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The six American Marines and two Nepalese soldiers who were on board a US military helicopter that crashed in Nepal are dead, authorities confirmed on Saturday.

"Eight bodies have been recovered. All bodies are not recognisable," said an update issued by the Nepal Army.

The Bell UH-1Y Huey helicopter involved in earthquake relief operations went missing on Tuesday afternoon, hours after a 7.3-magnitude temblor struck Nepal.

After an intensive land and aerial search, the helicopter's wreckage was located on Friday in a remote and rugged location near Ghorthali village, on the border between Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk districts.

Reports quoting Nepal government officials initially said three bodies were found near the crash site and that there was no likelihood of survivors, but the Nepal Army and US defense officials had not confirmed anything.

The helicopter that crashed was among three UH-1Y Huey helicopters and four V22 Ospreys sent by the US for rescue and relief operations in Nepal after the April 25 quake.

Eight Mi-17s and six Advanced Light Helicopters of the Indian Air Force and three Mi-17 helicopters from China are helping the Nepal Army in relief operations.

First Published: May 16, 2015 10:13 IST