Stranger calls Vietnam Airlines and threatens to shoot down plane heading to Hanoi from Japan


A Vietnam Airlines plane. — Photo VNA/VNS

Flight VN5311/NRT-HAN took off from Narita (Japan) for Hanoi at 10:30 am (local time) on Wednesday 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 Vietnam Airlines office reported the incident to the 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 Subcommittee.

The 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 and the Minister of Transport, 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 Fukuoka Airport at 1:02 p.m.

After authorities and police checked the plane, interviewed crew members 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.

Source: Vietnam News

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