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Monday, July 7, 2014, 15:23

Vietnam military helicopter crash kills sixteen

By Associated Press

 Vietnam military helicopter crash kills sixteen
Vietnamese soldiers working at the scene of a helicopter crash walk past backed-up traffic (R) in the Thach That district in the western parts of Hanoi on July 7, 2014. (Photo / AFP)

HANOI, Vietnam - A Vietnamese military helicopter on a parachute training mission crashed close to the Vietnamese capital on Monday, killing 16 people on board and wounding five others, officials and state media said.

 Vietnam military helicopter crash kills sixteen
Vietnamese military personnel look at the burning wreckage of a military helicopter in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday July 7, 2014. (Photo / AP)

The Russian-made MI-171 helicopter came down about 15 minutes after takeoff in a small village about 40 kilometers west of Hanoi.

A doctor at a military hospital said 16 people were killed and five others were being treated for serious burn injuries.

He didn't give his name because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.

Reports in the state-controlled media said 16 of those on board were parachute recruits from the air force's helicopter regiment. There were also two trainers and three crew members on board.

The MI-171 helicopter is primarily a transport aircraft, but there is also a gunship version.

Vietnam buys most of its military hardware from Russia, the country's cold war ally. Much of it dates back more than 20 years.



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