Vietnam recovers bodies of 3 crew on crashed helicopter

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) " Rescuers have recovered the bodies of three military personnel on a helicopter that crashed into a mountain during a training flight in southern Vietnam in the latest in a series of accidents involving the military aircraft.

Hundreds of soldiers, militiamen and forest rangers were mobilized for search in Ba Ria Vung Tau province, said a local military officer, who declined to be named.

The Eurocopter EC 130 lost contact shortly after taking off Tuesday, the military said in a statement, adding a pilot and two trainees were in the helicopter.

Three crashes involving military planes that killed 11 people have been reported in the last four months.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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