Thursday, May 29, 2008

Object crashes into Gulf of Thailand island

According to Officials at the state run Vietnam News Agency, “An unidentified flying object exploded at about 10am on May 27 over the northern part of Phu Quoc Island." Colonel Nguyen Van Qui, a military commander on the island was the source of the report and no civilian, commercial or military aircraft are said to be missing in that area of southern Vietnam or nearby Cambodia.

The object that crashed was first seen in the skies over Cambodia where officials said it appeared as a “fire in the sky.” The thing exploded shortly after that and what was left of it crashed on Phu Quoc Island. Citizens of a commune on the island retrieved a piece of metal from the crash that they described as measuring “one metre by about 60 centimeters.” The metal is unusual looking and appears to have symbols engraved or stamped into it.

Additional pieces of metal were recovered by members of the military and civilians. At this writing, there are fourteen pieces in possession of the Military Command of Phu Quoc District. The metal debris rained down in Ganh Dau and Cua Can communes on Phu Quoc at about 10:20 a.m. on May 27, 2008, according to Lam Quang Chanh, a spokesperson for the provincial People’s Committee.

While it’s entirely possible that the sightings and recovered material may have nothing to do with an Alien Spacecraft, the events surrounding this crash are similar to other incidents involving UFOs. For example, some of the symbols that appear to be engraved or stamped into the metal (if they are genuine) are similar to those described by witnesses on the thing that crashed near Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, in the 1960s. An I-beam from the Roswell UFO Crash in 1947 was also reported to have unknown symbols on it.

Phu Quoc Island is a popular tourist destination located in the Gulf of Thailand. It has thirteen resort areas and several urban centers. The island was once considered a backwater area known primarily for the production of anchovy sauce and black pepper. Once a French territory with rubber and coconut plantations, Phu Quoc Island housed a prisoner of war camp during the Vietnam War. Vietnam and Cambodia struggled over possession of the island for years after the war until it finally became a part of Vietnam in 1975.

UFO crashes are rare events. When they occur in an area of the world that may not be under the control of the usual cover-up suspects, an opportunity presents itself for the nation and people involved to share what has happened with the world. Vietnam is a Communist country with close ties to China, so there still may be a tight lid clamped on this event at some point. If that doesn’t occur, we may have a chance to see the smoking gun that proves intelligent Alien life forms exist and are visiting the Earth.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

UFO explodes over Phu Quoc Island

(28-05-2008)

KIEN GIANG — An unidentified flying object exploded at about 10am yesterday morning over the northern part of Phu Quoc Island, off the coast of the southern province of Kien Giang, according to Col Nguyen Van Qui, military chief of the island district.

Many local residents found many grey metal pieces, including a 1.5m long piece.

The island district authorities quickly contacted airline companies in Viet Nam, Cambodia and Thailand, but as of 10pm last night, none had confirmed any of their flights having faced accidents.

The explosion happened at about 8km above the ground, and perhaps it was a plane, but authorities could not identify whether it was a civil or military aircraft.

The Phu Quoc Island People’s Committee mobilised local armed forces and residents to rescue duty. — VNS

Vietnam reports "UFO" explosion off Cambodia coast

HANOI (Reuters) - An unidentified flying object exploded in mid-air over a southern Vietnamese island, state media said on Wednesday, a day after Cambodia's air force retracted a report of a mysterious plane crash.

The Vietnam News Agency said residents of Phu Quoc island, 10 km (6 miles) off the coast of the Cambodian province of Kampot, found shards of grey metal, including one 1.5 meters (1.5 yards) long.

"The explosion happened at about 8 km (5 miles) above the ground, and perhaps it was a plane, but authorities could not identify whether it was a civil or military aircraft," VNA said in a report headlined "UFO explodes over Phu Quoc Island."

Soldiers were sent out to look for wreckage and survivors, and local authorities contacted airlines in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, but received no reports of missing aircraft, the official state news agency added.

Villagers in Kampot said on Tuesday that they had heard a loud explosion. On Wednesday they told Reuters they had found small chunks of metal near the coastline.

Kung Mony, deputy commander of Cambodia's Air Force, said on Tuesday he had been told of a foreign plane crashing in Kampot province, but later backed off his claims of an aircraft accident.

(Writing by Grant McCool and Ed Cropley in Bangkok; Editing by Bill Tarrant)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Thailand and Vietnam establishing new flying schools

By Leithen Francis

Thailand and Vietnam are taking steps to train more pilots by establishing new pilot training schools.

Bangkok Airways is establishing the Bangkok Flight Academy in partnership with US firm Flight Training Services. The school will be based at Sukhothai airport and will open in December to train commercial pilots for Bangkok Airways and other airlines using a fleet of 25 single-engined aircraft and two jet aircraft.

Capacity will be 400 students a year and the first intake will be 20 students, the carrier says. It adds that the 12-14 month programme will be based on CAPT, an intensive ab initio pilot training programme developed by the USA's Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Atlanta, Georgia-based Flight Training Services now administers the programme, which in the USA uses Cirrus SR20-G2 piston singles and Piper PA-44 Seminole twin turboprops.

Bangkok Airways is the second largest airline in Thailand with a fleet of ATR 72s, Airbus A320-family aircraft and Boeing 717s.

Vietnam is a smaller market than Thailand, but it too has a growing need for pilots. Vietnam's government has instructed national carrier Vietnam Airlines to establish a new pilot training school because it wants to reduce the country's reliance on foreigners.

Deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, Lai Xuan Thanh, says about 30% of Vietnam Airlines' pilots are from overseas and all but one of Jetstar Pacific's pilots are foreigners. Planned new airline VietJet intends to only overseas pilots initially.

The national carrier is to manage the new school, but other airlines will be able to send pilots there, says Thanh, who was unable to say when the school will open or where it will be located because this is for Vietnam Airlines to determine.