Camp Pendleton Chopper Wreck Found In Nepal, Survivors 'Unlikely'
The wreckage of a missing U.S. Marine helicopter on a mission to help survivors of the Nepal earthquake has been found, and officials doubt that anyone on board survived the crash. The UH-1Y Huey helicopter, based at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, was carrying two Nepali service members and six U.S. Marines, with the intention of bringing aid to survivors of the earthquake, Reuters reports. The chopper went missing on Tuesday, the same day Nepal was struck by an aftershock that killed over 100 people. Prior to losing contact, the crew expressed via radio that they were having fuel issues.
The wreckage was found in the Gorthali area on the side of a mountain, about eight miles north of Charikot. U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John Wissler said that it was "unlikely" that there were any survivors, calling the crash "severe."
The Napalese Defense Secretary Ishwori Pauyal said that three bodies were found among the wreckage, though Wissler said he could not confirm this, KTLA reports.
Wissler said that this would not impact other missions to aid Nepal.