Vietnam-US MIA search team killed in helicopter crash

Embassy of Vietnam in the USA regrets to inform that:

An MI17 helicopter carrying the Viet Nam-U.S. Joint Team Searching for Americans Missing in Action (MIA) from the War in Viet Nam crashed in central Quang Binh province's Thanh Trach commune on April 7. All the 16 people on board were dead.

The victims included nine Vietnamese and seven Americans from the MIA office in Ha Noi.

The team was on a preparation work for the 65th Viet Nam-U.S. joint search for MIAs scheduled for May 3-June 1, 2001.

Vietnamese authorities found 16 burned bodies in the accident which is a great loss not only for Viet Nam but also for the U.S.

Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien, on behalf of the Vietnamese Government today, April 8, conveyed deep condolences to the families of the Vietnamese and U.S. victims and to the U.S. Government.