May 14, 2015
UPDATE! Reported by DailyMail,
“The pilot who was believed to be flying the Marine helicopter that went missing in Nepal on Tuesday has been pictured for the first time as the desperate search for the crew continues.
Chris Norgren, 31, from Wichita, Kansas, is reportedly one of six troops who were in the aircraft, along with two Nepalese soldiers, delivering aid in the aftermath of the second earthquake which killed 68 people.
Local media in the country reported the helicopter landed safely, but the Pentagon brushed off the claims as false.
Norgren’s father Ron is confident is son is still alive. He told The Witchita Eagle the last time he heard from his son was when he sent his mother, Theresa, flowers on Mother’s Day.”
May 13, 2015
A relief operations helicopter deployed following recent earthquakes in Nepal with six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers on board have been missing since Tuesday has been located, according to The Telegraph.
Near Charikot, Nepal, the helicopter went off-line slightly before 7 p.m., according to a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command Army Maj. Dave Eastburn.
The UH-Huey was assigned to “Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 in support of Joint Task Force 505, a special relief unit put together by U.S Pacific Command. ” according to Fox News.
On April 25th the earthquake struck. When it hit Nepal at least 7000 people were killed and many large buildings were leveled. The U.S. military have been delivering medical supplies, water, food and shelter to those hit hardest by the devastation. It was during this mission that the UH-Huey went down.
After long hours of searching, Joint Task Force 505 personnel, a special relief unit put together by U.S Pacific Command has found the U.S. missing helicopter. The Telegraph reports, “Emergency centre says craft located but gives no indication of its condition following second major quake to strike the region in a fortnight.”
Reports of the helicopter find have not been officially confirmed as of yet and there are still varying reports as to the actual validity of the find and to the condition of the helicopters occupants.