The scene of the crash (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The military aircraft crash during a training session in the central province of Phu Yen, on August 26 morning was caused by engine failure, according to the Ministry of Defence.

The aircraft L39 coded 8705, operated by staff of Regiment 910 of the Air Force Academy under the Air Defence – Air Force Service, went down several minutes after taking off at 8:45am.

The trainee pilot on board, Pham Duc Trung, 22, died in the crash.

The aircraft crashed into a rice field in Hoa Thanh commune, Dong Hoa district.

The ministry directed the Air Defence – Air Force Service to cooperate with relevant agencies in the locality to conduct search and rescue and overcome the consequence.

On the day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent his condolences to the family of the deceased trainee pilot.

He directed the Ministry of Defence to review commanding, training, and flight traffic procedures to ensure flight safety to avoid similar incidents in the future.-VNA