US Marine helicopter goes missing as Nepal endures another earthquake

A U.S. Marine helicopter which was providing humanitarian assistance to earthquake victims in Nepal has gone missing, losing contact with ground operators on Tuesday night.  Six Marines and two Nepalis were on board the aircraft which radio communications indicated was having in-flight fuel problems.

The helicopter’s last known location was around Charikot — a mountainous area 45 miles from the capital city of Kathmandu. Two more U.S. Marine helicopters from the same squadron have been searching for the missing aircraft since Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, another earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale hit Nepal, centered 48 miles east of Kathmandu, closer to Mount Everest, killing 82 people. The death toll from the April 25, 7.8-magnitude quake is now estimated to be over 8,000.