The Su 30Mk2 aircraft, coded 8585, of Regiment 923 under Division 371 of the Air Defence – Air Force Service lost contact at 6:50 am in the area of Hon Mat Island, about 40km off the coast of Nghe An’s Vinh city.
It carried the deputy head and chief of the staff of Regiment 923, Senior Lieutenant Colonel Tran Quang Khai, and pilot Major Nguyen Huu Cuong.
Shortly after receiving notification of the incident, the Border Guard High Command of Nghe An ordered border guard posts along the shore to ask the local administration and fishermen operating near Hon Mat Island to join the search for the aircraft.
Three border guard ships with 35 soldiers on board have been dispatched to search for the missing plane.
Other coastal border guard posts have also readied vehicles and personnel to be deployed when necessary.