PM determines to bring out aircraft crash causes

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that crashes of two military aircrafts are serious accidents that have not only occurred in Vietnam but also in other countries. The matter now is to find reasons at any cost to learn from experiences, limit risks and ensure flight safety.

Vessel 926 retrieving CASA-212 wreckage (Photo: MND)

He made the statement after listening to reports by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) on the crashes of fighter jet Su30-MK2 and CASA-212 aircraft at a regular cabinet meeting yesterday afternoon.

So far search and rescue forces and fishermen have saved the life of pilot Nguyen Huu Cuong, found body of pilot Tran Quang Khai on the fighter jet and eight bodies of the nine member aircrew on CASA-212, reported deputy minister Le Chiem.

The wreckage of CASA-212 has been retrieved while the location of Su30-MK2 has been determined. The fighter jet is about to be recovered, he said.

Twenty nine aviation accidents have taken place in Vietnam since 2000. However the two latest ones are most serious and unprecedented causing huge human and national property damage, he said.

The Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of Vietnam has attempted to search the last victim of CASA-212, retrieve Su30-MK2 and decode black box data to clarify causes, he said.
According to him, the crashes are a serious problem. Reason clarification should not lengthen to prevent it from affecting the mentality of military officials and soldiers and people’s belief in military forces.

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By Phan Thao – Translated by Hai Mien

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