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Airmen, Wichita residents honor fallen Marine Capt. Chris Norgren (VIDEO)

Body of Marine pilot returns to Wichita

The body of Capt. Chris Norgren arrived at McConnell Air Force Base on Tuesday. Norgren died in a helicopter crash last month in Nepal.
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The body of Capt. Chris Norgren arrived at McConnell Air Force Base on Tuesday. Norgren died in a helicopter crash last month in Nepal.

Capt. Chris Norgren came home for the final time on Tuesday.

Hundreds of people were on hand for his arrival, along with an honor guard.

Norgren, 31, was killed on May 12 in Nepal when the U.S. Marine helicopter he was in crashed while flying disaster aid to earthquake victims. His body arrived at McConnell Air Force Base in a small private plane shortly after noon and then was carried by procession from the base to a local funeral home.

Hundreds of people lined the procession’s route on the base, from toddlers in strollers to active duty airmen and reserves. As the honor guard marched past, followed slowly by the black hearse, those in uniform snapped to attention and saluted.

Small children who had been sitting patiently on the curb rose to their feet.

Norgren was one of six Marines and two Nepali soldiers killed in the crash. The wreckage of the UH-1 "Huey" was found following days of intense search in the mountains northeast of capital Kathmandu.

The funeral for Norgren, a 2002 graduate of Bishop Carroll High School, will be Friday at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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