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Search Continues for Missing U.S. Helicopter in Nepal

From a Joint Task Force 505 News Release

KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 13, 2015 – The search is continuing for a U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopter reported missing in Nepal with six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese service members aboard, Joint Task Force 505 officials reported today.

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A U.S. UH-1Y Huey helicopter flies into the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, after conducting a search-and-rescue operation for a missing U.S. Marine Corps helicopter, May 13, 2015. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson

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The aircraft, which was delivering humanitarian aid, went missing yesterday near Charikot, Nepal, while conducting humanitarian assistance in support of JTF 505 supporting Operation Sahayogi Haat.

As part of the search, two UH-1Y Huey helicopters with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 and two MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 flew nine sorties and about 21 flight hours in search of the missing aircraft. Flight operations are still ongoing.

A battalion-sized Nepalese ground force has also moved into the area to assist with the search.

The 36th Contingency Response Group, also with JTF 505, is continuing to support civil aviation authorities offloading humanitarian aid at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

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Related Sites:
Special Report: Operation Sahayogi Haat – Disaster Relief: Nepal Earthquake

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