Marine helicopter missing after Nepal quake, but no indication of crash

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they don’t have any indications yet that a U.S. military helicopter that went missing during a mission in Nepal has crashed.

The helicopter was carrying six Marines and two soldiers from Nepal’s army to deliver aid to earthquake victims, on a day when Nepal suffered its second major quake in less than three weeks.

U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren says a helicopter from India that was nearby heard radio chatter about a possible fuel problem. He says the Huey had dropped off supplies in one location and was on its way to a second site when contact was lost.

Warren says officials hope the aircraft is simply missing, because there’s been no smoke or other signs of a crash.

He says other U.S. aircraft have searched the area, but that now that it’s dark, members of Nepal’s military are conducting the search on foot. Warren says they are moving toward the second aid location to see if the helicopter landed near there.