The aviation authorities of Vietnam is cooperating with Lao agencies to investigate a Lao national found carrying 0.5 kilograms of explosives on a Vietnam Airlines' flight earlier this week, VnExpress reported Friday.
According to the newswire, the explosives were detected in the suitcase of Xiong Nouyee, 26, when he was transferring at Hanoi-based Noi Bai Airport on his way from France to Lao capital Vientiane on a Vietnam Airlines flight Tuesday.
Further inspection found a rifle and lots of bullets in the passenger's suitcase, the report said
However, with the Lao Embassy acting as his guarantor, Vietnam aviation authorities released Nouyee, who later returned to Laos, it said.
Considering the incident as a critical case that poses risks to flight safety, the Civil Aviation Authority said that it would send a letter to French aviation authorities, asking them investigate why local customs failed to detect the explosives.
They will also send a letter to the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, where the passenger embarked, asking authorities to tighten passengers' luggage checks, the VnExpress report said.
Meanwhile, Vietnam Airlines has been ordered to prepare a report on the case, it added.