Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen The Thao on July 7 asked forces concerned to continue working together to deal with the consequences of the military helicopter crash occurred early on the day.

The Capital Military Command and the Health Department are asked to join hands with relevant agencies and authorities of Thach That district, where the tragedy happened, to provide the injured with the best treatments, while implementing social policies dedicated to the families of those who lost their lives.

The police are request to maintain staff to ensure the absolute safety, political security, social order and traffic operation at the accident site.

The Russian-made MI-171 helicopter with 21 people on board on a parachute training mission lost contact and came down in Hoa Lac village, Binh Yen commune, Thach That district at 7:46 am, only 16 minutes after it took off from Hoa Lac Airport.

The accident killed 16 people and critically injured five others, who are now being treated at hospitals in the city.

The plane belongs to the Helicopter Regiment 916 of the Service’s Air Division 371.

The cause of the accident is now under investigation.-VNA