Truck crashes into plane at Vietnam airport

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A flight was delayed and oil spilled out onto the runway when a truck crashed into a plane at a Ho Chi Minh City aiport Sunday night, local news website Vietnamnet reported on Monday.


The incident happened at 10.30 p.m. when a Boeing 777 of Vietnam Airlines was about to take off for Frankfurt from Tan Son Nhat International Airport.


A Vietnam Air Petrol Company (Vinapco) tank truck then collided into the plane's left side, heavily damaging the latter's engine and spilling oil over the runway, according to the news source.


All passengers were transferred to another plane for a later flight, while necessary measures were taken to prevent fires and explosions, it reported.


Vinapco has suspended the truck driver and a technician for investigation into the cause of the accident, another news website Dan Tri quoted company director Tran Huu Phuc as saying on Tuesday.


Last January a Vinapco truck also bumped into a Jestar Pacific plane, causing a hole on the belly of the Boeing 737-400 vessel, Vietnamnet said.


Another of the low-cost carrier's was also hit by a Vinapco truck at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport last year.

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