Vietnam searches for 2 missing fighter jet pilots

HANOI, VIETNAM (TIP): Vietnamese authorities say they are searching for two pilots who went missing on a training exercise. The Ministry of Defense said in a statement on its website late Thursday that the pilots on two Russian-made SU-22 fighter jets lost contact around noon on April 16 off the country’s central coast.

It says a search aircraft spotted four floating reserve oil containers and oil traces. Disaster official Pham Hung Tan in the central province of Binh Thuan say the Navy, Maritime Police and the Coast Guard are taking part in the search. He says two reserve oil containers were recovered. The accident is the latest setback for the Vietnamese military after two helicopter crashes killed 24 military personnel in the past nine months.

Russian remains the communist country’s main supplier of military hardware.

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