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Nepal Earthquake: Pilot of Missing Helicopter From Kansas, Family Says

The military is searching for the missing Marine Corps helicopter, which disappeared over Charikot, Nepal, on Tuesday during an aid mission.

The pilot of a Marine Corps helicopter that went missing in Nepal after an aftershock struck the country this week is from Wichita, Kansas, his family said Wednesday.

Six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers were on board the UH-1Y Huey helicopter that disappeared over Charikot, Nepal, at about 10 p.m. local time Tuesday (12:15 p.m. ET), hours after a 7.3-magnitude aftershock struck the region.

Chris Norgren’s father, Richard Norgren, said Marine Corps officials visited the family’s home and informed them Chris, who was an assistant coach at Bishop Carroll High School, was one of the missing, NBC station KSN reported Wednesday.

The U.S. military has not released the names of anyone aboard the helicopter, which was providing earthquake relief to Nepal in the aftermath of last month’s devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people.

By Wednesday morning there had still been no sign of the helicopter after a search effort that includes military helicopters and tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft, the military said.

Searchers have also not seen any smoke or other indications that the aircraft crashed, and officials have said they hope the helicopter landed safely and has simply been unable to communicate because of the rugged terrain.


— Phil Helsel