Vietnam air traffic controller suspended for giving wrong instructions

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The air traffic control tower at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has suspended the license of an air traffic controller for three months for errors he committed while directing flights in June.

Dinh Viet Thang, CAAV deputy director, without revealing the name of the employee, said he worked for the Southern Air Traffic Management Company.

On June 10 the employee failed to follow procedures while guiding aircraft in cloudy conditions, allowing them to land within a short time of each other in violation of regulations, the CAAV said.

Thang said his agency has recommended that aviation inspectors should also slap a fine on him, Tuoi Tre reported.

It is for the second time this year that air traffic controllers from the Southern Air Traffic Management Company are being disciplined.

In March the CAAV suspended one and demoted another for fighting while on duty last January at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Tran Xuan Vinh had his license suspended for three months and was fined VND7 million (US$335) for "attacking people on public duty" and damaging flight control equipment.

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Truong Hoa Hiep, who was attacked by Vinh, was demoted from his position as shift chief for failing to manage his subordinates.

The fight occurred on January 17 after Vinh refused to hand over control to Hiep and instead assaulted him.

The CAAV said the fight occurred at a time when many aircraft were in the air awaiting instructions, including foreign ones, and some of them failed to get them.

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