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8 bodies recovered from wreckage of US helicopter in Nepal

Update : 16 May 2015, 10:59 AM

The bodies of eight soldiers have been recovered from the wreckage of a US military helicopter lost on an earthquake relief mission in Nepal high on a mountainside, Nepali officials said on Saturday.

The remains would soon be transferred to Kathmandu, Jagadish Pokharel, a spokesman for the Nepali army said.

Six US marines and two Nepali soldiers were on the helicopter when it went missing while distributing aid on Tuesday, the day a strong aftershock hit Nepal.

The crew had been heard over the radio saying the aircraft was experiencing a fuel problem.

"Together we mourn as our nation and the Federal Republic of Nepal have lost eight courageous men," said Admiral Samuel J Locklear, commander of the US Pacific Command. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families."

The helicopter was assisting with relief operations in the Himalayan state after it was hit by a big earthquake last month that killed more than 8,000 people, while hundreds of thousands of buildings have been damaged. The Huey, a helicopter dating back to the Vietnam War era, was completely destroyed, Nepal's top defense ministry official said.

After a three-day search crash debris was found 8 miles (13 km) north of the town of Charikot near dense forest and rugged terrain at an altitude of 11,200 ft (3,400 m).

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