Ex Vietnam Airlines officer jailed for bomb threat

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A Hanoi court sentenced a former Vietnamese Airlines officer to 15 months in jail, on Tuesday, for making a false bomb threat last year, VnExpress reported.

Nguyen Bang Viet, 38, a former coordinator of the national carrier's flight attendants, was also ordered to pay a fine of more than VND200 million (US$9,700).

On November 9, 2010, Viet sent text messages to a cabin crew chief, warning him that a passenger had carried a bomb onto the plane, which was about to take off from Hanoi  to Cambodia's Siem Reap.

This prompted Vietnam Airlines to delay the flight, with 180 passengers, for over three hours to conduct a security check, leading to losses of more than VND200 million.

No explosive device was ever found.

Viet told the Hanoi People's Court he made the bomb threat because he was angry with a proposal by the flight attendants to discipline him.

Previously, Viet had already been reprimanded for his poor work performance.

"I lost control because I thought the discipline might badly affect my future," he said.

He said he could not have imagined the losses caused by his false bomb threat.

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