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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Search is tense for missing Marine helicopter during #Nepal earthquake #HNNEnvironment

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The hunt for a Marine helicopter that vanished in Nepal was expanded Wednesday with four U.S. aircraft and hundreds of Nepalese troops joining the search.

However, there was no sign of the missing UH-1Y Huey which was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese service members.

The chopper disappeared on Tuesday night while delivering aid to one of the hardest-hit regions of last month's devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people.

Hours earlier, a powerful aftershock rocked Nepal and killed dozens more people.

At around 9:45 a.m. local time on Wednesday (midnight ET), two Marine MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft were launched from Kathmandu in search of the missing Huey, according to a statement from Joint Task Force 505 that is assisting with the Nepal relief effort.

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