Vietnam, U.S. officials visit site to search for missing airman

By Truong Quang Nam, Thanh Nien News

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Vietnamese and American officials visited the possible site of a U.S. serviceman’s remains in the north-central province of Quang Binh on Wednesday.
Representatives from Vietnam's Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) and the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Detachment Two inspected the excavation site near a rural village in Bo Trach District’s Thanh Trach Commune.
The search, coded MIA 1182, aimed to unearth the remains of one of two U.S. pilots from an Air Force F-4C Phantom II jet that crashed in Quang Binh in 1967.
The aircraft was flying from Cam Ranh Bay airfield but never returned from the mission. JPAC found the site of the crash in 2008, but the Vietnamese government restricted access to the site until 2012.
The remains of the other airman were recovered and handed over to the U.S. in 1989.
Colonel Dao Xuan Kinh, deputy director of VNOSMP, said the search had been underway for more than a month.
In June 2012, Vietnam agreed to open three sites, including the aforementioned site in Quang Binh, for the U.S. to search for the remains of troops missing in action.
The two other sites are in the central provinces of Kon Tum and Quang Tri.

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