The agency said the flight, using aircraft B787-868, took off from Narita, Japan 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, in a male voice, who spoke Japanese and claimed to be American.
“Flight VN5311 better get back to Narita or it will be shot down passing Tokyo Bay,” the anonymous caller said.
The Vietnam Airlines office reported the incident to the Vietnam Airlines Corporation, which then forwarded the information to the Japanese authorities, the CAAV and the relevant agencies of the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security. The Society then convened an urgent meeting of its Emergency Committee and Counterterrorism Steering Subcommittee.
CAAV submitted a report on the incident 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 the Japanese side 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 and 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 landed at Noi Bai International Airport at 6:12 p.m. (Vietnam time).
CAAV has reported the incident to relevant agencies who will coordinate with the Japanese side to clarify the matter./.