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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Vietnam grounds decades-old Huey choppers after fatal crash

UH-1 HueyVietnam's military announced Friday it has temporarily grounded Vietnam War-era U.S.-built helicopters after a crash killed four personnel.

The UH-1 "Huey" chopper crashed in farmland on Wednesday soon after taking off from Ho Chi Minh City on a training flight.

Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan said all UH-1 helicopters would be grounded for maintenance checks. He said an investigation discovered that crew members had found a problem with the control system of the doomed aircraft and had tried unsuccessfully to fix it.

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