The three soldiers who survived a fatal helicopter crash in Hanoi are receiving special care at the National Institute for Burn Victims where they remain in critical condition.
Doctors of the institute and other hospitals on Wednesday afternoon held a consultation to discuss the best treatment method for the three soldiers, who suffer from severe burns and other injuries.
Dinh Van Duong, 31, Nguyen Van Tuan and Nguyen Hoang Anh, both 33, were among the five crash survivors hospitalized on Monday (July 7) with severe burns, respiratory burns due to inhalation of smoke at high temperatures, skull fractures and lung damage.
Duong, Tuan and Anh are suffering burns to 53 percent, 74 percent and 52 percent, respectively, of their bodies.
The soldiers, and 16 others, took off on Monday aboard a Russian-made MI-171 helicopter from Regiment 916 of the 371st Air Force Division when it fell out of the sky during a parachuting exercise at around at 7:30am.
Sixteen were killed instantly.Two more soldiers succumbed to their injuries later that evening, bringing the total fatalities to 18.
On Thursday, Major-General Nguyen Kim Cach of the Air Defense and Air Force Service told Thanh Nien that they have identified the dead and wrapped up their investigation into the cause of the accident.
The Ministry of National Defense will officially announcement their findings soon.
He revealed that the cause of the accident was a technical error, but refused to provide further details.
Tthe MI-171 chopper took off from Hoa Lac military airport in Hanoi’s Ba Vi District and lost contact with its base 16 minutes later.
The helicopter reportedly made landfall near Village 11 in Thach Hoa Commune, Thach That District, around 500 meters away from a market and 40 kilometers west of Hanoi.
The crash site lies around three kilometers from the airbase.