Vietnam PM calls for comprehensive review to ensure aviation safety

By Viet Tuan   December 27, 2018 | 10:14 am GMT+7
Vietnam PM calls for comprehensive review to ensure aviation safety
Vietjet airplane mistakenly lands on an unauthorized runway in Cam Ranh Airport on Tuesday. Photo by VnExpress/Le Van
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has tasked the transport ministry with ensuring no fatal aviation accident occurs in the country.

In a document issued by the Government Office, Phuc expresses concern over recent incidents involving  Vietnamese carriers, exposing security and safety.

It tasks the Minister of Transport with directly leading the review of all existing aviation procedures, regulations and airport infrastructure, especially flight zones and flight management systems, to prevent any fatal accident from happening.

Last month, an aircraft belonging to budget carrier Vietjet Air lost its nose wheels while landing at Buon Ma Thuot Airport in Vietnam's Central Highlands, injuring six passengers.

On Tuesday, another Vietjet Air plane was forced to turn back several minutes after taking off from Cam Ranh Airport in the central province of Khanh Hoa due to a technical alarm. However, it mistakenly landed on an unauthorized runway that was yet to become operational.

Aviation authorities have since suspended the plane's crew and the Vietjet employee responsible for the flight's operation for investigation.

Vietnam’s aviation industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years. The country has served 106 million air passengers this year, up 12.9 percent over last year.

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