The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) announced Thursday that it will suspend the licenses of a captain, a co-pilot and a chief flight attendant from low-cost carrier VietJet Air for a month due to their role in flying a VietJet Air aircraft to the wrong airport last month.
Captain Pavel Ondrej, co-pilot Amin Hassiri and chief stewardess Phan Thi Huong Giang will be “retrained” during the suspension time, CAAV said.
Elvis Gilbert, the director of VietJet Air’s Flight Control Center, was suspended until August 1.
The four were among eight people who were suspended following the incident.
CAAV also suspended the chief, deputy chief and an employee of a division in charge of flight protocol at Noi Bai International Airport until July 31.
An air traffic controller from Noi Bai airport was also suspended.
On June 19, Flight VJ 8575 was scheduled to carry 200 passengers from Hanoi to the Central resort town of Dalat; somehow, it landed at Cam Ranh Airport near the central beach town of Nha Trang.
When the passengers arrived at Cam Ranh, the low-cost carrier arranged another flight to take them to Dalat--their actual destination.
According to CAAV’s investigation, the incident occurred because the low-cost carrier's dispatcher and flight crew didn't follow the proper pre-flight protocols.
Ho Minh Tan, head of CAAV’s Department of Flight Safety Standards, who headed the investigation, said VietJet Air changed its flight schedule but its dispatcher failed to inform the pilot.