Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The search to find an Su30-MK2 aircraft that crashed off central Nghệ An Province has ended, Dương Minh Hiền, deputy commander of central Nghệ An Province’s Military Command, told local media yesterday.
Naval forces, responsible for retrieving the plane’s debris, have not officially announced whether the wreckage had been retrieved, he said.
The Su30 MK2 military plane, coded 8585, of Regiment 923 under Division 371 of the Air Defence – Air Force Service, reportedly crashed into the sea while flying off Nghệ An-Thanh Hóa provinces, 40km to the northeast of Hòn Mát Island.
“Some floating pieces have been found by fishermen and have been handed over to border soldiers,” Colonel Hiền said.
On Tuesday, a fisherman in Nghệ An Province found metal pieces and electric wires, weighing 10kg, and handed them over to soldiers.
The fighter jet took off from Sao Vàng airport in the central Thanh Hóa Province on June 14 on a training session.
When the plane lost contact, the two pilots, Senior Lieutenant Colonel Trần Quang Khải and Major Nguyễn Hữu Cường, bailed out and the plane crashed into the sea.
Cường was saved by fishermen, while Khải’s body was found and taken to the mainland four days after the accident.
During the search and rescue mission for the plane, CASA 212, coded 8983, of Brigade 918 of the Air Defence – Air Force Service and its nine crew members lost contact while flying south-southeast off Bạch Long Vĩ Island.
All nine crew members were believed to have perished, the Ministry of Defence said. — VNS