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Nepal: Rescuers Find Three Bodies Near Crashed US Marine Chopper

Posted: May 15, 2015 at 8:58 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

NEPALESE rescuers on Friday May 15, 2015, found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared earlier this week while on a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation.

Nepal’s Defence Secretary, Iswori Poudyal, gave no details about the nationalities of the victims. The helicopter was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers.

The wreckage was found near Gothali village in the district of Dolakha. The U.S. Embassy in Nepal had no immediate comment on Friday.

According to Associated Press, the discovery of the wreckage, first spotted by a Nepalese army helicopter Friday, followed days of intense search involving U.S. and Nepalese aircraft and even U.S. satellites.

The U.S. relief mission was deployed soon after a magnitude-7.8 quake hit April 25, killing more than 8,200 people. It was followed by another magnitude-7.3 quake on Tuesday that killed 117 people and injured 2,800.

The second quake was centred between Kathmandu and Mount Everest, and hit hardest in deeply rural parts of the Himalayan foothills, hammering many villages reached only by hiking trails and causing road-blocking landslides.