KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP/WCSC) - United States military officials confirmed on Sunday the deaths of six U.S. Marines who were on board a chopper that went missing earlier this week while providing aid in Nepal. The wreckage was found by the Nepalese army in the mountains northeast of Kathmandu.
As of Friday, Army chief of army operations Maj. Gen. Binoj Basnyat said Friday no signs of life could be seen from the air, but had not been able to give any information about the six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers who were on board when it went missing on Tuesday.
According to Nepal's Defense Secretary Iswori Poudyal, rescuers had at first been able to find three bodies at the site of the wrecked chopper. He had given no details about the nationalities of the three victims, only saying their remains were charred.
One of the Marines on board the flight when it was reported missing was Crew Chief Sgt. Mark Johnson IV. He's a 2003 graduate of Stratford High School in Goose Creek.
The other five Marines who died in the crash were Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, Cpl. Sara A. Medina, and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug.