Downed Huey Located, All Crew Dead

Members of the nearly 400-strong search and rescue operation fielded after an Air Force helicopter went missing near its wreckage found Tuesday morning in Chanthaburi province (Photo provided by Royal Thai Army).

CHANTHABURI — The wreckage of a missing Air Force helicopter was found Tuesday morning, three days after it went missing. All three crew members were dead.

The search and rescue team was to bring the bodies of pilots Squadron Leader Pasit Techasen and Flight Lt. Alongkorn Chankrachan, along with maintenance officer Flight Sgt. 1st Class Visut Puttharaksa down from the high mountain this morning.

They were found only 500 meters from the Air Force radar station they had been dispatched to resupply.

Their bodies were found near the wreck of their Bell UH1 helicopter.

The helicopter was last heard from Saturday morning as it flew over the Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park.

The airmen’s bodies were expected to be returned to Bangkok’s Don Muang Royal Thai Air Force Base later Tuesday.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated.

 

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