Vietnam air controllers to face penalties for fight on the job

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam wants to punish all people involved in a fight between two air traffic controllers last month, VnExpress reported Tuesday.

It quoted Nguyen Trong Thang, chief inspector at the authority's inspectorate, as saying that the January 17 fight at the Ho Chi Minh Air Traffic Administration and Control Centre did not affect flight control.

But Do Hoang Diep, director of the Southern Flight Management Company, said in an interview with the newswire that the fight took place while many flights were in operation and flight control was in fact delayed for several minutes

However, he stressed that the incident did not pose any threat, although it caused some minor damages to a few devices.

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Immediately after the incident, the company had punished a staff member who attacked the chief of his shift by transferring him to another department for three months and cutting his salary, VnExpress reported.

"Personal conflicts always happen at organizations, and it is normal that sometimes they can lead to fights," said Diep.

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