A China Airlines flight en route from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei was delayed for hours on Thursday after the plane was hit by a luggage truck at Tan Son Nhat Airport.
The truck hit the rear part of the aircraft, an Airbus 330, when approaching to load on luggage, a source told Thanh Nien.
About 300 passengers on the flight, previously planned to depart at 10:50 a.m., were told to go home waiting for the flight scheduled to resume at midnight, after the airlines sends another plane to HCMC, the source said.
Vu Huy Cuong, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), told Thanh Nien late Thursday that none informed him of the incident.
In another incident, CAAV has fined three officers at Da Nang International Airport for the near-collision of two airplanes on the airport's runway on June 27 when an air traffic control intern instructed a Jetstar Pacific airplane to taxi out to a runway where a Vietnam Airlines plane had just landed.
Twelve seconds after the intern, Truong Nguyen Quynh Anh, made the instruction for the Jetstar Pacific to take off, the Vietnam Airlines’ pilot informed the air traffic control station that his plane was still on the runway.
Anh realized her mistake and cancelled the take-off order for the Jetstar Pacific airplane.
According to the CAAV, Phan Nho Quang, the chief of the air traffic control team working on June 27, was fined VND45 million (US$2,140) for assigning Anh to take over the runways.
Quang’s license was also revoked.
The chief and deputy chief of Danang Airport’s Approach Control Office were also fined VND15 million ($714) and VND7.5 million, respectively, for “violating air traffic control regulations.”
The CAAV fined the Middle Region Air Traffic Services Company VND30 million ($1,400) on the same charge.
The company’s director was also suspended for 15 days.
The CAAV said Anh won't be licensed for another year after the incident, saying she must be trained further.