Vietnam Fighter Jet Hits Wall After Overshooting Runway

Story By: Lee Bullen, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

A Vietnam Air Force Su-22 fighter jet has crashed into a military base’s boundary wall after overshooting the runway when the landing gear failed.

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According to local media, the Sukhoi Su-22 fighter jet crashed around 2.30pm at an airbase in the northern Vietnamese province of Yen Bai and pilot Lieutenant Colonel Phan Trung Hai was unhurt in the incident.

Reports said that the pilot was attempting to land following training exercises, but was unable to deploy the plane’s landing gear.

He then requested permission to reduce his altitude before trying the emergency landing gear which deployed successfully.

However, he landed on the runway at such speed that the lines on the plane’s drogue parachute snapped.

The fighter jet whizzed past the end of the runway and crashed into the boundary wall, according to local media.

A spokesperson for the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence said: “The pilot is safe, the aircraft suffered minor damage.”

However, a ground marshal was reportedly injured in the accident.

The Vietnam People’s Air Force (VPAF) has confirmed that they are investigating the cause of the accident.

In July last year, a Sukhoi Su-22 fighter-bomber of the same regiment crashed during war games over the northern province of Nghe An, killing both pilots instantly.

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