Marine Helicopter Assisting Rescues In Nepal Goes Missing
Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers, hopefully they are fine.
A Marine Corps helicopter assisting in the rescue and aid effort for Nepal is missing, the Pentagon confirmed.
The UH-1Y “Huey” copter went missing around 7 p.m. Tuesday Nepal time near the city of Charikot, while it was conducting humanitarian assistance.
Eight people were on board: six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers. The crew was dropping off supplies, including rice and tarps for earthquake survivors to build temporary shelters. It reached its first location and lost contact before reaching the second location.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said an Indian helicopter was also in the air and possibly picked up communication that the Huey was having fuel problems.
Warren said no distress call was heard or beacon detected from the helicopter, providing some hope the crew could have landed in the region’s formidable terrain, which could be making it hard to get a signal out. More