III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific

III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific 14 May, 15, Source: USMC

OKINAWA, Japan – As of May 13, 8:35pm, Japanese Standard Time, the search for six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese service members aboard the missing UH-1Y Huey continues.

Two UH-1Y Hueys with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, and two MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, flew nine sorties and approximately 21 flight hours in search of the missing aircraft. Flight operations are still ongoing.

The aircraft went missing May 12 near Charikot, Nepal, while conducting humanitarian assistance in support of Joint Task Force 505 supporting Operation Sahayogi Haat. The UH-1Y Huey, with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, was delivering humanitarian aid to those affected by the recent earthquakes.

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