Helicopter crashes in Nepal mountains, killing 4 on board

A chopper carrying bodies of victims of a helicopter crash lands as it arrives at Teaching hospital's helipad in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. A helicopter returning to Kathmandu crashed in the mountains in northeast Nepal on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A helicopter crashed in the mountains in northeast Nepal on Tuesday and four people on board were killed, police official said.

The helicopter was returning to Kathmandu when it crashed on the Yamuna Danda hill near Balefi village, Nepal Police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam said.

He said bodies of three men and a woman have been recovered from the crash site and police rescuers are trying to return the bodies to Kathmandu. Another helicopter has reached near the crash site.

Other details were not known, but the area is in the region worst hit by last month’s devastating earthquake. The government and aid agencies are both using helicopters to carry relief materials to the mountainous area.

A U.S. Marines UH-1 “Huey” helicopter crashed last month in a nearby district while on a rescue mission, killing six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers.

The earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 in Nepal have already killed more than 8,600 people.

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