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Military aircraft training mishap damages homes in central Vietnam

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 10:32 GMT+7

An incident during a military aircraft training exercise has caused damage to five houses in the south-central Vietnamese province of Ninh Thuan.

Air Force Regiment C937, based at Thanh Son Airport in Phan Rang-Thap Cham City, Ninh Thuan, confirmed on Tuesday evening that one of their aircraft encountered a technical issue during training.

That morning, residents of Bao An Ward, Phan Rang-Thap Cham City, heard several small explosions after a plane flew over the neighborhood.

An investigation revealed that a total of five houses had been damaged after metal debris fell from the plane.

Dang Thi Quyt, one local resident, said that a piece of metal pierced the wall in her kitchen.

Her neighbor, Chau Thi Xuan, also reported several holes and cracks on her roof and walls.

Similar damage was suffered by other houses, and several holes about one meter in diameter were later discovered at a paddy field some 200 meters away from the residential area.

Authorities arrived at the scene to collect the metal debris.

Air Force Regiment C937 later invited owners of the five houses to the People’s Committee headquarters in Bao An Ward to receive compensation for the damage.

Each family was provided with between VND10 million (US$441.6) and VND30 million ($1,325), depending on the severity of the damage caused.

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Several holes were found on a paddy field some 200 meters from the affected homes. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Metal debris was found after the incident. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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