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US Marines, Nepal Soldiers Killed in Helicopter Crash Identified

Nepalese army men search for the missing U.S. Marine helicopter in the earthquake affected Dolakha District, Nepal, May 14, 2015.

The bodies of six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers who were aboard a Marine helicopter that crashed Tuesday in earthquake-hit Nepal have been identified.

Nepalese search teams found the wreckage Friday, three days after it went missing during a relief mission to deliver rice and tarps in Charikot.

The U.S. mission was deployed after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, killing more than 8,200 people. A magnitude-7.3 quake struck the country on Tuesday, killing at least 117 people and injuring about 2,800.

Charikot Village, Nepal
Charikot Village, Nepal

Officials said teams from the U.S. military and Nepal's army were investigating what may have caused the aircraft to go down in a rugged, mountainous area.

U.S. military officials said an Indian helicopter in the air nearby heard radio chatter from the U.S. aircraft about a possible fuel problem.

Nepal's army identified its soldiers as Tapendra Rawal and Basanta Titara.

The U.S. Marines were Captain Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, from Nebraska, Captain Christopher L. Norgren, from Kansas, Sergeant Ward M. Johnson IV, from Florida, Sergeant Eric M. Seaman, from California, Corporal Sara A. Medina, from Illinois, and Lance Corporal Jacob A. Hug, from Arizona, according to the U.S. military joint task force in Okinawa, Japan.

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