SC Marine on board chopper that crashed in Nepal

SC Marine on board chopper that crashed in Nepal
Sgt. Ward M. Johnson IV (Photo Source: US Marines)
Sgt. Ward M. Johnson IV (Photo Source: US Marines)

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP/WCSC) - A Marine from South Carolina was on board a relief helicopter that crashed in the mountains of Nepal earlier this week.

One of the Marines on board the flight when it was reported missing is Crew Chief Sgt. Mark Johnson IV. He's a 2003 graduate of Stratford High School in Goose Creek.

The Nepalese army says a rescue helicopter spotted the wreckage of the chopper in the mountains northeast of Kathmandu.Army chief of army operations Maj. Gen. Binoj Basnyat said Friday no signs of life could be seen from the air, but could not give any information about the six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers who were on board when it went missing on Tuesday.

Nepal rescuers find 3 bodies near crashed US Marine chopper.

According to Nepal's Defense Secretary Iswori Poudyal, rescuers have found three bodies at the site of the wrecked chopper.

Basnyat says the wreckage was located in the district of Dolakha.He says ground troops are being sent to survey the wreckage on the mountainous terrain. Many areas in that region of Nepal are not reachable by air or road.The helicopter was providing relief to residents of Nepal who were affected by Tuesday's deadly earthquake.

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