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Saturday February 11, 2023
On This Day: 4 photojournalists die in Vietnam War helicopter crash
On February 10, 1971, news photographers (l-r) Keisaburo Shimamoto, Newsweek Henri Huet, AP Larry Burrows LIFE Magazine and Kent Potter, UPI, board a Vietnamese Huey helicopter in Lang Vei on the Vietnam-Laos border to cover Lam Son 719, a South Vietnamese invasion of Laos intended to cut the Ho Chi Minh trail. The chopper was shot down a few minutes later and exploded. It was the worst single loss of news media members during the Vietnam War.