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Cambodian airplane slides off runway at Ho Chi Minh City airport

Sunday, April 03, 2016, 10:41 GMT+7

A plane operated by a Cambodian carrier went off the track upon landing at an international airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday evening.

At around 5:40 pm, the ATR 72 aircraft of Cambodia Angkor Air slid off the runway during its arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

According to a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper source, the plane, which was carrying 21 passengers from the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, was blown off the landing strip 07R by strong crosswinds.

Operators of the airdrome ordered an emergency shutdown of the runway after the incident for rescue procedures to be carried out.

Rescuers and fire trucks were quickly dispatched to the scene to help the passengers and members of the flight crew, all of whom were unharmed.

The airplane was also towed to the airport hangar for an inspection.

Operations of the runway 07R were resumed at 7:48 pm the same day.

Lai Xuan Thanh, chief of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), confirmed the details to Tuoi Tre during an interview.

The CAAV will work with Cambodia Angkor Air and competent agencies to further probe the incident, Thanh said.

According to a representative of the Cambodian airline, the flight captain has had 6,600 hours of flying time while the first officer has accumulated 1,700 hours.

The ATR 72, whose registration number is XU-235, was built in January 2010 and last underwent a maintenance check on March 23 this year, the representative added.

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