Suspect who threatened to shoot down Vietnam Airlines plane identified

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VIETNAM, February 14 –

Illustrative photo courtesy of Vietnam Airlines.

HÀ NỘI — Japanese authorities have identified the suspect caller who threatened to shoot down a Vietnam Airlines plane last monthaccording to the Ministry of Transport.

The man, whose identity has not been released, is a Japanese citizen who said he followed the flight’s movements closely before making a call threatening to shoot down the plane.

The appellant would have acted alone without a clear reason, according to the source from the Ministry of Transport.

He appeared to be mentally unstable and his threat presented no real, palpable danger to the craft and passengers on board.

Japanese authorities are still investigating.

On January 5, 2022, flight VN5311 took off from Narita International Airport (Tokyo) to Nội Bài International Airport (Hà Nội) at 10:30 a.m. (Japan time), with 15 crew members and 47 passengers.

At 11:10 a.m., the Vietnam Airlines branch in Japan received a call from a man who claimed to be American but spoke with a Japanese accent, threatening to shoot down the plane as it passed Tokyo Bay if it did not return. not in Narita.

Deputy Prime Minister Phạm Bình Minh, who heads the National Committee for Civil Aviation Security, told Vietnam Airlines to ask Japanese authorities for permission to redirect the flight and head to Fukuoka Airport instead. .

The flight landed safely in Fukuoka at 1:02 p.m. (Japan time) and the plane was inspected by local police for two hours before it was deemed safe to continue its journey to Hà Nội.

At 6:12 p.m. (Việt Nam time), the flight landed safely at Nội Bài International Airport. —VNS

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