A United States Marine Corps helicopter has been reported missing on Tuesday, according to U.S. officials. The Marine Corps helicopter was providing aid and assistance to the villagers of the towns in Nepal that were stuck hardest by the the earthquake. The aircraft was near Charikot, one of the villages most devastated by the 7.3 magnitude earthquake.
Navy Captain Chris Sims stated on board were six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers. Colonel Steve Warren, a spokesman for the Pentagon, stated that there has yet to be any evidence of a crash. The mountainous area is very hard to reach by both land and air. Some aircraft nearby reported that the pilot may have mentioned a “fuel problem.”
The Marine Corps helicopter is a unit of the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469. The aircraft was heading to numerous areas in order to get supplies to the villagers of the destroyed towns. Currently, a Marine MV-22 Osprey is making search runs, as stated by the Pentagon. Warren stated the search mission had been postponed due to lack of sunlight.
By Alex Lemieux
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