Vietnam’s Vietjet was apparently having the worst Christmas ever as one of its flights was denied take-off on Wednesday morning, in the third incident in two days where flights of the low-cost airline received a technical warning.
The Vietjet flight VJ513 bound for Da Nang was taxiing and ready for take-off from the Noi Bai International Airport in Da Nang, when it was asked to return to the apron due to a technical warning.
Passengers on the Airbus A321 recalled the plane began to speed up for the take-off at around 6:30 am but suddenly decelerated and returned to the apron area.
The plane was then examined while all the passengers were taken back to the departure lounge at terminal T1 as Vietjet tried to arrange a new flight for them, according to a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
However, according to Vietjet, the low-cost airline resumed flight VJ513 on the same plane at 9:02 am on the same day, following the examination, whose result was not disclosed by the carrier.
Vietjet said that the captain’s decision to delay take-off due to technical warning is normal. The situation occurs about 0.25 times in 1,000 flights of airlines around the world.
The Vietnamese carrier asked for passengers’ understanding, emphasizing that the safety of passengers is always its top priority, and every warning, even the smallest, must be seriously taken into account and processed in the right way.
Wednesdays’ take-off denial is the latest in a string of three incidents hitting Vietjet in only the last two days.
A Vietjet flight landed on a wrong runway in Cam Ranh airport in south-central Vietnam on Tuesday, one day after another flight of the airline had had to make an emergency landing in Taiwan, both due to technical warnings.
In the wake of these incidents, Vietjet had all of its operations closely supervised by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam starting Tuesday.