RAF Chinooks Recalled From Nepal Quake Effort Without Flying a Mission

Three RAF Chinook helicopters sent to help the Nepal earthquake relief effort are being recalled to Britain without flying a single mission after the Nepalese government turned down the chance to use them.
The twin-rotor aircraft were dispatched after the devastating earthquake, which killed more than 8,000 people and left thousands more in desperate need of aid.
At the time, Justine Greening, the international development secretary, said: “These highly versatile Royal Air Force helicopters and UN aircraft will mean life-saving aid supplies can be moved around Nepal and reach people in remote communities cut off by the earthquake who are in desperate need.” But a government spokesman said on Friday that while they were disappointed the Chinooks had not been used, it was up to the Nepalese authorities to decide how to organise the humanitarian response.