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Friday, May 15, 2015

UH-1Y Recovery Efforts to Resume

U.S. forces plan to resume efforts tomorrow to recover all eight crewmembers of a Marine Corps UH-1Y that crashed earlier this week in heavy forest east of Kathmandu while bringing aid to earthquake victims in Nepal. Marine Lt. Gen. John Wissler, the commander of Joint Task Force 505, said the nature of wreckage indicated “it's unlikely there are any survivors.” JTF-505 integrates and coordinates international disaster-relief efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. The aircraft’s wreckage was found above 11,000 feet; that elevation and sub-freezing temperatures prompted an end to the day’s recovery effects. The Yankee model Bell Helicopter UH-1 from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469 was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese troops when it went missing May 12 hours after a 7.3-magnitude quake struck. Paired with the AH-1Z in the USMC H-1 modernization program, the UH-1Y includes energy-attenuating, crashworthy seats, energy-absorbing landing gear, self-sealing fuel tanks and fuel systems, fuel vapor-inerting systems and mass-retention designs intended to ensure major components stay where they should in the event of a crash. It also has greater enhanced payload, range and cruise speed than the UH-1N it replaced.

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