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Remains of pilots found 47 years after plane crash

Update: October, 01/2018 - 09:00
The remains of two pilots who crashed a training fighter aircraft into a mountain in 1971 have been found in Tam Đảo on the edge of the northern provinces of Thái Nguyên and Vĩnh Phúc.— Photo congan.com.vn

HÀ NỘI — The remains of two pilots who crashed a training fighter aircraft into a mountain in 1971 have been found in Tam Đảo on the edge of the northern provinces of Thái Nguyên and Vĩnh Phúc.

The MiG-21U aircraft went missing on April 30, 1971 during a training flight.

Last week, local people found aircraft debris on a slope, and a recovery team was sent to investigate.

Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Nguyễn Trung Thành, deputy chief of staff of Thái Nguyên Province’s Military Headquarters, said that the remains, now under DNA analysis, were believed to be Vietnamese pilot Công Phương Thảo and his trainer Yuri Poyakov, a pilot of the former Soviet Union.

Thành added the initial investigation showed that the aircraft crashed near the top of the mountain, leaving a 3-metre crater, and the two sets of remains were about 20m from each other. — VNS

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