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Vietnam authorities start retrieving military plane wreckage kept unreported for seven years

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 16:33 GMT+7
Vietnam authorities start retrieving military plane wreckage kept unreported for seven years
Soldiers wash items from plane wreckage found at a shrimp farm in Ben Tre Province, southwestern Vietnam, March 27, 2019. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

The collection of debris from a wartime military plane began at a shrimp farm in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta on Wednesday following a local’s tip-off.

The farm owner, Phan Van Nhieu, said he had found what appeared to be parts of a crashed plane seven years ago in his shrimp pond in Ben Tre Province.

Unsure of the identification, Nhieu did not report the objects to the local government and continued to go about his business as usual.

It was only recently that another local heard the story and reported it to authorities.

After the 100-square-meter pond was drained, over a dozen soldiers were dispatched to the scene.

Detailed information about the military plane has not yet been made available, an official familiar with the matter told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, adding the collection was expected to end on Thursday.

An excavator removes dirt to search for plane wreckage at a shrimp pond in Ben Tre Province, southwestern Vietnam, March 27, 2019. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

An excavator removes dirt to search for plane wreckage in a shrimp pond in Ben Tre Province, southwestern Vietnam, March 27, 2019. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

A soldier carries a plane wheel found at a shrimp farm in Ben Tre Province, southwestern Vietnam, March 27, 2019. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

A soldier carries a plane wheel found in a shrimp farm in Ben Tre Province, southwestern Vietnam, March 27, 2019. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

An object believed to be part of plane wreckage is seen at a shrimp farm in Ben Tre Province, southwestern Vietnam, March 27, 2019. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

An object believed to be parts of plane wreckage is seen in a shrimp farm in Ben Tre Province, southwestern Vietnam, March 27, 2019. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

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