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VietJetAir Crew In Hot Water After Landing On Wrong Runway At Cam Ranh Airport

They may be marketing pros, but when it comes to operations, VietJetAir doesn’t have the best track record.

The low-cost airline has suspended a flight crew after they landed on the wrong runway at Cam Ranh Airport last week, despite correct instructions from air traffic controllers, reports Thanh Nien.

On October 16, the pilots of flight VJ8856, arriving from HCMC, radioed the control tower at Cam Ranh Airport and were given instructions to land on runway 02. Even though the pilots verbally confirmed the instructions, the plane landed on runway 20.

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The error was characterized “very dangerous” and a “high safety risk," by Lai Xuan Thanh, head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, adding that the pilots were "completely" at fault.

This is just another bump in the road for the airline. In June, a flight bound for Da Lat mistakenly landed in Nha Trang; in May, 50 passengers flying out of Cam Ranh International Airport bound for HCMC were mistakenly put on a flight to Hanoi and last year, 2 pilots were suspended for allowing a model into the cockpit for an impromptu photoshoot.

*Correction: the original version of this article contained an error stating that the fight had arrived in HCMC when it had actually departed from there.

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