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Tan Son Nhat Air Traffic Control Loses Contact With Planes For 18 Minutes

Air traffic officers at Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport had quite a scare yesterday morning when they lost radio contact with incoming aircraft for 18 minutes.

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According to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV), the incident occurred at 7:45am and required six aircraft to circle the airport and another to be rerouted to Buon Me Thuot Airport, reports Tuoi Tre.

“The ground service personnel could contact none of the planes that were about to land or take off during that time,” CAAV chief Lai Xuan Thanh said.

CAAV officials said that the communications blackout was due to “interference to radio frequencies,” adding that they are working with Authority of Radio Frequency Management to determine the root cause.

A similar incident occurred at Tan Son Nhat last November when the airport’s radar system was disabled, affecting 92 flights.

[Photo via VATM]

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