Vietnam aviation authority probing 9 flight safety threats last year

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) is investigating nine incidents that "severely" threatened flight safety last year, Vietnam News Agency reported Thursday.

They were among 224 flight safety-related cases in 2012, the report quoted the CAAV as saying, adding it represented a decrease of more than 15 percent from 2011.

More than half of the incidents involved technical problems, and the rest were caused by either "external" factors or human errors.

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Fake bomb threats and other security-related issues also decreased.

The CAAV said it would improve oversight and system security as well as infrastructure and training.

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