Bodies of US chopper crash victims found

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 16, 2015-

The bodies of all eight people on board a US chopper that crashed on Tuesday have been recovered, the Nepal Army said on Saturday. The remains would soon be transferred to Kathmandu, NA spokesperson Jagadish Pokharel told reporters.

Six US marines and two Nepali soldiers were on board US Marine Corps’ UH-1Y Huey helicopter when it went missing while distributing aid on Tuesday, the day a strong 7.3 magnitude aftershock rattled the country.

After a three-day search, the wreckage was found in the remote mountainous area of Ghorthali area of Sindhupalchok district on Friday. NA officials on Saturday said teams from the Nepal Army and US military are at the crash scene, assessing the details of the crash of the helicopter.

PM: Nepal indebted to US for selfless help

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has expressed condolence over the death of six US marines in the helicopter crash during a relief and rescue mission.  In a message sent to President Obama on Saturday, Koirala also commended the selfless service extended by the US soldiers during the time of crisis in Nepal.

In Washington on Friday, President Obama mourned the loss of those aboard the US chopper. “Our prayers remain with the families of our Marines and two Nepalese soldiers,” Obama told the gathering of police officers from around the US.


Published: 17-05-2015 08:22

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