PM offers condolences over recent helicopter crash

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The Prime Minister has expressed condolences to all victims of the recent helicopter crash while promising to provide their families with all possible assistance.

Rescue workers trek to the crash site of the fallen helicopter in the Kew Mae Pan area of Chiang Mai.
Rescue workers trek to the crash site of the fallen helicopter in the Kew Mae Pan area of Chiang Mai.

In his remarks on the latest crash of a military chopper in the Kew Mae Pan area of Chiang Mai, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha affirmed that investigations into the cause of the accident are underway. He noted that the fallen helicopter was a UH-72 Lakota, the newest model of the fleet; therefore, he reckoned the accident might have been caused by unfavorable weather, rather than engine problems.

A total of five officers were killed in the crash, including Commander of the 4th Infantry Division Maj Gen Nopporn Ruanchan, who was once a subordinate of Gen Prayut, as well as two pilots and two technicians. The Prime Minister said he was saddened by the loss of the men and vowed to ensure the best care and assistance for their families.

Meanwhile, at the 4th Infantry Division headquarters in Phitsanulok province, members of the Royal Thai Army Wives’ Association and officials from the 3rd Army Region paid a visit with the bereaved families of the deceased in a bid to offer them moral support.