The wreckage of a wartime U.S. naval aircraft has been found in the shrimp pond of a resident in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region.
The plane wreckage was uncovered in the shrimp pond of 54-year-old Le Van Cham in Duyen Hai Town, Tra Vinh Province on July 8, the Duyen Hai People’s Committee confirmed on Wednesday.
When renovating his shrimp pond that day, Cham spotted an oil leak in it, before noticing some hard objects under the water.
He then used an excavator to dig up the objects and found multiple metal pieces.
The man then sold them to a scrap collector.
|Military officers examine the objects belonging to a wartime aircraft in Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Huu Hiep / Tuoi Tre|
After acknowledging the incident, the Military Command of Duyen Hai Town mobilized a unit to verify the information and made a report to the Military Command of Tra Vinh Province.
Military officers found at the pond multiple remains of a plane, pilot's parachute, and equipment marked ‘US.NAVY.’
The letters printed on the remains indicated that they belonged to a U.S. naval aircraft during the war in the past, but the exact type of the plane has not been identified.
Local authorities are also looking for the metal objects that Cham sold to the scrap collector, while examining the area near the shrimp pond to search for other possible plane remains.