US chopper missing

- SANGAM PRASAIN, Kathmandu
US chopper missing

May 12, 2015-

A US Air Force UH-1Y Huey helicopter has been missing at Sunkhani of Charikot—67 km Northeast of Kathmandu—on Tuesday evening, the Home Ministry said. 

The Tribhuvan Inter-national Airport confirmed that the chopper had lost contact with the control tower at 3pm on Tuesday. 

Two American flight attendants and a Nepali captain were on board the military aircraft deployed on a rescue mission in the area after another major tremor rattled the country on Tuesday noon. Charikot and Dolakha were the most affected districts. 

Nepal Army spokesperson Gen Jagdish Chandra Pokhrel said that a search and rescue team had been dispatched to locate the chopper along its probable route. “We were not able to locate the missing chopper as of 9:30pm on Tuesday,” he said. 

When asked about the status of missing chopper, a senior American official refused to make comment. 

Immediately after the earthquake on April 25, the US Air Force had dispatched two C-17 cargo planes loaded with personnel, cargo and supplies in support of disaster-relief operations.

Five US Marine Corps aircraft—a UH-1Y Huey helicopter and four MV-22 Ospreys—have been dispatched to Nepal since. 

The US military have been working closely with the US Agency for International Development and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.

Published: 13-05-2015 17:12

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