A Su-22 military aircraft suffered serious damage as it skidded off an airport runway in Yen Bai Province today, April 23, the local media reported.
A Su-22 fighter jet of Vietnam
The incident happened at 2:29 p.m. when the fighter jet, operated by Phan Thanh Hai, a pilot in Vietnam’s Air Defense-Air Force Service’s Regiment 921, was landing at Yen Bai Air Base.
The landing gear reportedly did not work during landing, and the drag chute then deployed, resulting in the aircraft sliding off the runway.
The pilot parachuted away from the aircraft prior to the crash and was reported safe. However, the aircraft was heavily damaged.
After receiving a report about the incident, the Ministry of Defense and relevant units promptly began an investigation into the crash.
In July 2018, two pilots were killed after a Su-22 military training aircraft, also operated by Vietnam Air Defense-Air Force Service’s Regiment 921, crashed in Nghia Dan District in the central province of Nghe An. SGT