US Marine chopper goes off the radar in Nepal


Kathmandu: A US Marine Corps helicopter goes off the radar on Tuesday with at least 8 people on board in the rugged terrain of Nepal. The helicopter goes missing with six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers abroad as it was ferrying relief material to victims of the latest aftershock in Nepal.

Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said reports from the field indicated the helicopter’s crew was overheard talking about fuel problems before US military officials lost contact with the light attack helicopter.

A 90-minute search by three Marine Corps V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft failed to locate the aircraft before nightfall and the air search was suspended. A ground search by Nepalese troops was continuing, Warren said.