On July 26, a Su-22 crash occurred when the Vietnam Air Force’s Su-22 attack bomber took off from Sao Vang Airport in Thanh Hoa province, and crashed in the air of Nghe An province
The Su-22 crashed plane was a Su-22U fighter bomber, number 8551 of the 921 Air Forces, 371th Division, Air Defense Forces, Lieutenant Colonel Khuat Manh Tri (40 years old, from Hanoi). Deputy regimental commander, Chief of Staff and Lieutenant Colonel Pham Giang Nam (46, from Thai Binh province), After taking off for a while, Su-22 aircraft lost contact with air traffic control station on the ground. At the same time, the villagers of Dua Village, Nghia Dan District, Nghe An Province saw a military plane dropping into the nearby mountains and cause a large cloud of smoke and dust with a crash sound
Ms. Trinh Thi Quyen (Nghia Yen) said, about 11h15, the family finished eating the meal is heard loud explosion. “We thought the bombers were bombing, but they ran out to see a black smoke in the sky, and a few minutes later the plane fell,” she said.
On the same day, Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, deputy director of the General Department of Politics of the People’s Army of Vietnam, confirmed the information about the Su-22 aircraft crashed in the crash, causing the death of two pilots . and the Ministry of Defense has directed the Air Defense – Air Force to coordinate with related units in the area for rescue and support activities
The Sukhoi Su-22 fighter bomber was developed from fighter bomber Su-7 and flew its first flight in 1966. It enjoyed a long career in Soviet, later Russian, service and was widely exported to Eastern Bloc, Arab air forces, Angola and Peru as the Su-20 and Su-22. In Viet Nam Air Force, Su-22 was the first aircraft of the Vietnam Air Force to patrol the Hoang Sa islands at Bien Dong Sea and the southern continental shelf of the country since 1988. This is a versatile and highly versatile aircraft. However, it is now quite backward and is being replaced by more modern aircraft such as Su-27 aircraft and Su-30MKV aircraft. Currently, the 921 Regiment is equipped with three main types of aircraft: Su-22M, Su-22M3 and Su-22M4.