Military Jet Crashes in Northern Vietnam, 1 Pilot Killed

By Reuters
January 31, 2023Asia & Pacificshare
Military Jet Crashes in Northern Vietnam, 1 Pilot Killed
A map shows the location of Yen Bai Province in Vietnam, on Jan. 31, 2023. (Google Maps)

HANOI—A pilot was killed when a Vietnamese air force fighter jet crashed during a training session on Tuesday in the north of the country, state media reported.

The accident happened at noon in Yen Bai Province and the 30-year-old pilot died while trying to land the Russian-made Su-22 jet at a local airport, the official Vietnam News Agency reported.

Vietnam’s defense ministry has launched an investigation into the cause of the accident, it added.

Two pilots were killed in a similar exercise involving an Su-22 in central Vietnam in 2018, while two were forced to eject over the South China Sea in 2015 when their Su-22 jet went down.

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