The U.S. military said on Friday that wreckage of an American UH-1Y Venom “Huey” helicopter lost on an earthquake relief mission in Nepal carrying six US Marines and two Nepalese soldiers has been found.
Survivors unlikely in the rugged mountainous below-freezing temperatures and violent winds and thunderstorms terrain. The severe weather conditions have hampered the suspended recovery of the three charred bodies which have been found.
The recovery mission will resume at first light Saturday.
U.S. military says survivors unlikely in Nepal helicopter crash
New Delhi Washington Post reports:
“A U.S. military team in Nepal found no evidence of survivors Friday amid the wreckage of an American helicopter that apparently crashed during an aid mission in an earthquake-ravaged region earlier this week, a military commander said.
The U.S. team was joined by Nepali soldiers who arrived by helicopter and on foot, said the Nepali official who directed the search-and-rescue operation, Maj. Gen. Binoj Basnyat. Bad weather hampered further efforts to reach the wreckage — cast over a remote mountain area at an elevation of about 11,200 feet.
At a news conference in Nepal, U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John Wissler said the cause of the accident was not immediately known, and there was no initial sign of survivors.
“We all mourn this tragic loss of life,” Wissler said.” Learn More (source: WashingtonPost.com)
“KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared this week…”
“The wreckage of the helicopter was found in pieces, and there are no chances of any survivors,” Nepal’s defense secretary, Iswori Poudyal said. He did not give the nationalities of the three victims, only saying their remains were charred.” Learn More (source: HuffingtonPost.com)
My condolences and sympathies to these heroic men (USMC, SemperFi) and their familes who went searching to help others. Our loss is Heaven’s gain!
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Be safe. Be Blessed.