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Prime Minister sends condolences to Laos following helicopter crash

Update: August, 01/2015 - 09:19

The Mi-17 helicopter with four crew members and 19 passengers crashed in Luangphanxay village, Longchaeng district, Xaysomboun province — Illustrative image/ Photo Shutterstock

HA NOI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has sent a message of condolence to his Lao counterpart, Thongsing Thammavong, after a Lao military helicopter crashed on Monday.

In his message, PM Dung extended his sympathy to the Party, State, Government, Army and people of Laos, as well as the families of the deceased.

The Mi-17 helicopter with four crew members and 19 passengers crashed in Luangphanxay village, Longchaeng district, Xaysomboun province en route from Vientiane to the northern provinces of Xieng Khuang and Huaphan, the Lao Defence Ministry reported.

The plane took off from the capital at 13:10pm on Monday and sometime later lost contact with flight controllers. The crash site was located on Wednesday and the bodies of all 23 victims were recovered a day later. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident. Bad weather is being considered as a possible cause of the accident. — VNS

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