Soldiers in helicopter crash posthumously bestowed medals

Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan July 10 signed the decisions to award posthumous victory medals to soldiers and bestow on medals to the injuries in Mi 171 helicopter crash in Hoa Lac area during a parachute training mission in Hanoi on July 7.

The memorial service for 18 soldiers who lost their lives in a military helicopter crash was held on July 11 (Photo: SGGP)

Accordingly, three soldiers are awarded posthumosly the First Victory Medals including Captain Colonel Hoang Lai Long, vice chief of the General Staff of the Regiment 916 under the Vietnamese Air Force, co-pilot Major Le Thanh Viet, and mechanic staff Colonel Nguyen Van Thanh.

Major Nguyen Dao Hong Tam, parachuting trainer and lieutenant colonel Dang Thanh Chung, teacher of the air search and rescue center of the Vietnamese Air Force receive the second victory medals. 13 remaining pilot officers are awarded the third victory medals.

Three soldiers who are being treated in National Institude of Burns including senior lieutenants Nguyen Van Tuan, Nguyen Hoang Anh and Dinh Van Duong, are offered the third victory medal.

A memorial service for 18 soldiers who lost their lives in a military helicopter crash was held on July 11.
A Russian-made MI-171 helicopter from Regiment 916 of 371st Air Force Division fell out of the sky with 21 people on board, including three crew members, two trainers, and 16 soldiers, during a parachute training mission on July 7. 18 died on the spot and three are being treated in the National Burn Institute.

By TTXVN, Nguyen Quoc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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