One pilot of missing training flight found alive & well

Major Nguyen Huu Cuong, one of the two pilots of the Su-30MK2 fighter jet that went missing during a training session off the coast of the central province of Nghe An on June 14, was found at 5 am of June 15.

Rescue team is looking for the aircraft

He was found by fisherman Pham Van Le of the Ha Tinh Province.

The Su-30MK2 fighter jet of the Vietnam People's Air Force has lost contact with ground traffic control after departing Sao Vang Airport in the northern province of Thanh Hoa for training exercise in the early morning on June 14.

The Russian-made Su-30MK2 fighter jet coded 8585 with two air force officers, Tran Quang Khai and Nguyen Huu Cuong of the 935 Fighter Jet Regiment was carrying out exercises in the Mat (Eye) Island, 40 km away from Vinh City in Nghe An Province. It lost control of the base at 7.29 a.m. , according to the Central Steering Board for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

Local fishermen reported seeing the plane crash into the water about 4 nautical miles east of the Mat Island in the morning on the day.

Search and rescue forces are continuing to looking for the other pilot, Senior Lieutenant Colonel Tran Quang Khai and the missing aircraft.

By Duy Cuong – Translated by Kim Khanh

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