Man threatens to shoot down Vietnam Airlines plane

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An anonymous man called Vietnam Airlines and threatened to shoot down a plane on its way from Japan to Hanoi on Wednesday. NEWS FROM VIET NAM

An anonymous man called a Vietnam Airlines branch in Japan on the morning of January 5 and said that if a flight from Narita, Japan to–– Hanoi did not turn around, it would be shot down, according to the Authority Vietnam Civil Aviation. (HOW ARE YOU).

Flight VN5311/NRT-HAN took off from Narita for Hanoi at 10:30 a.m. (local time) on January 5, with 15 crew members and 47 passengers on board.

Around 11:10 a.m., the Vietnam Airlines branch in Japan received a phone call from a man who spoke Japanese and claimed to be American.

“Flight VN5311 better get back to Narita or it will be shot down while passing Tokyo Bay,” the unidentified caller said.

The branch reported the incident to Vietnam Airlines Corporation, which forwarded the information to Japanese authorities, CAAV and Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security agencies.

The Society called an urgent meeting of its Emergency Committee and Counterterrorism Steering Sub-Committee.

CAAV delivered a report to Transport Minister Nguyen Van The and Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, who is also chairman of the National Civil Aviation Safety Committee.

With the approval of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Transport and the head of CAAV instructed Vietnam Airlines to seek permission from Japan to divert the flight to Japan’s Fukuoka airport.

The flight landed safely at the airport at 1:02 p.m.

After authorities and police checked the plane, interviewed crew and passengers, and assessed the safety of the flight, it was allowed to depart Fukuoka at 3:48 p.m. for Hanoi and land at the international airport. from Noi Bai at 6:12 p.m. (Vietnam time).

CAAV has reported the incident to relevant agencies who will coordinate with the Japanese side to clarify what happened.

The agency said the flight was a B787-868 aircraft.

VIET NAM NEWS/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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