SAN DIEGO - A San Diego-based military helicopter with eight people aboard went missing near Charikot, Nepal while the aircraft was conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in support of the recent Nepal earthquakes, U.S. Navy said Tuesday.
"On May 12, at approximately 10 p.m. JST, a UH-1Y Huey with, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 in support of Joint Task Force 505 was declared missing while supporting Operation Sahayogi Haat," Sims said.
The cause of the disappearance was not immediately clear Tuesday afternoon and the incident is under investigation.
According to the U.S. Marines official website, the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 is associated with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar - part of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Pendleton.
Camp Pendleton officials told FOX 5 they are working with in the process of gathering details and would release them as soon as possible.
Just over two weeks after thousands died in a mammoth earthquake, Nepal got hit hard again Tuesday -- with another powerful tremor that has left dozens more dead, more than 1,000 injured and questions about what's next for the already traumatized Asian nation.
The fact that Nepal just endured a similar horror, not to mention waves of aftershocks that followed, didn't diminish Tuesday's damage or shock. More buildings collapsed, more landslides rumbled, and more people scrambled for their lives.
Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck about 9.3 miles (15 kilometers) deep, the U.S. Geological Survey said. For comparison's sake, the magnitude-7.8 quake on April 25 -- which killed more than 8,000 -- was centered east of, rather than west of Kathmandu and a little farther away (50 miles). That earlier tremor was also more than three times bigger and 5.6 times stronger, in terms of energy released, according to the USGS.