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Missing Marine Helicopter Is Found In Nepal

A Marine helicopter that went missing while conducting an earthquake relief mission in Nepal was found today eight miles from Charikot, Nepal.

NPR's Julie McCarthy reports there is still no word from U.S. authorities about the fate of the eight crew members on board. But Nepalese Defense Secretary Prasad Paudyal told the Wall Street Journal his forces had pulled three bodies from the wreckage.

Paudyal said that there were likely no survivors.

Julie filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Five U.S. personnel at the site of the crash have positively identified the missing U.S. Marine helicopter. "From above, a fleet of three American aircraft supported the survey on the ground. The ill-fated Huey helicopter was carrying six U.S.Marines and two Nepali servicemen when it disappeared Tuesday delivering humanitarian aid to Nepal's earthquake victims. "The crash site is approximately eight miles north of a staging area the U.S. had used to conduct its relief operations. "A Nepali team had reported sighting the wreckage of the aircraft earlier today. Indians and Nepalis had assisted with the search that extended over three days. The Joint Task Force overseeing the U.S. military's disaster relief mission says there will be a thorough investigation."

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