The whereabouts of a US Air Force UH-1Y Huey helicopter that went missing since Tuesday night has not been known, security agencies said on Wednesday.
Two UH-1Y Huey helicopters of the US Marines joined the search operation on Wednesday morning while two V-22 Ospreys are preparing to join the search for the missing chopper.
The helicopter lost contact with Tribhuvan International Airport control tower at 3 pm when it vanished at Charikot in Dolakha district after delivering aid.
Nepal Army soldiers reached the ground in the vicinity of the chopper’s last known location on Tuesday night, searching for the missing aircraft but to no avail.
Spokesperson at the Home Ministry, Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, said that, despite several reports emerging, ministry cannot make any confirmation regarding the status of the missing chopper. “Various reports have emerged. Most of them cannot be confirmed,” Dhakal said, adding, “The search for the missing chopper is on.”
Five US Marine Corps aircraft—a UH-1Y Huey helicopter and four MV-22 Ospreys—are assisting the relief efforts in Nepal after the Great Quake of April 25.
Six US Marines and two NA soldiers were onboard the helicopter.
The incident came after a powerful 7.3 magnitude aftershock jolted the country on Tuesday.