16 deaths in military helicopter crash in HN

16:18 | 07/07/2014

VGP – A total number of 16 military officers were killed and five others were injured in a helicopter crash in the outskirts of Ha Noi early on July 7.

Photo: VOV

A military helicopter crashed in the outskirts of Ha Noi during a parachute training exercise.

The Russian-made Mi-171 plane of the Helicopter Regiment 916 of the Air Defense-Air Force Service’s Air Division 371 took off from Hoa Lac Airport in Ha Noi’s western district of Thach That at 7:30 am.

Sixteen minutes later, it lost contact and came down in Hoa Lac village, Binh Yen commune, about 3 km from the airport.

The General Staff and the General Department of Politics have sent working teams to the scene to coordinate with other forces in dealing with the incident.

At present, the Air Defense-Air Force Service, the High Command of Ha Noi Capital City and relevant units are focusing on overcoming the consequences of the incident.

By Thuy Dung