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Two more bodies of CASA 212 crewmembers found

Update: June, 29/2016 - 10:51
Two more bodies identified as crewmembers of rescue aircraft CASA 212 were found yesterday near the position it crashed in the Tonkin Gulf. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Two more bodies identified as crewmembers of rescue aircraft CASA 212 were found yesterday near the position it crashed in the Tonkin Gulf. 

It raised the number of bodies retrieved so far to eight out of nine crew members missing.

On June 16, the surveillance jet CASA 212 with nine crewmembers on board was dispatched after rescue units received a help signal believed to be from a fighter jet SU30-MK2 that went down during a training session two days earlier.

After passing Bạch Long Vỹ island district in the Tonkin Gulf by 44 nautical miles, the plane asked for permission to descend but contact was then lost.

Relevant agencies on Monday found the two black boxes of the CASA 212 and are working closely together to decode them to know what had happened to the ill-fated jet.

Defence Minister Ngô Xuân Lịch said yesterday that priority was given to continuing the search and recovery of the dead crew members. — VNS

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