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Four Vietnamese Soldiers Dead in Chopper Crash

A U.S.-made military helicopter has crashed outside Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, killing four Vietnamese soldiers.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of the general staff of the Vietnam People's Army, contacted by phone Wednesday, said that the UH-1 Iroquois, known as a "Huey," crashed just minutes after takeoff from an air base in Ho Chi Minh City.

"The UH-1 chopper of the Vietnamese air force was doing a training session. It took off at 7:15 am from Tan Son Nhat airport. Eight minutes after take-off, it lost contact with air traffic control," he said. "After that, it was confirmed crashed at Pham Van Hai commune, Binh Chanh district in Ho Chi Minh City. The helicopter was completely destroyed and four people died. We are verifying the cause of the crash."

A number of U.S.-made helicopters are still in Vietnam after use in the Vietnam War ended four decades ago.