The L-39 training aircraft coded 8705 of the Regiment 910 crashed to a rice field only minutes after takeoff, according to a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
A source from Phu Yen administration confirmed that the crash happened at 8:30 am.
The crashed plane is seen in Phu Yen Province, located in south-central Vietnam, on August 26, 2016.
The fuselage of the small-scale aircraft remained intact, even though other parts of the plane were broken.
The deceased is a pilot trainee at the Air Force Academy, the school vice-headmaster Vu Duc Quy confirmed to Tuoi Tre.
The crash site has been blocked to serve the rescue efforts.
Nguyen Thi Diep, a small vendor at a nearby market, said there was a big noise when the plane hit the ground.
“A crowd of people rushed to the scene to see the crash,” she said.