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Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City flight delayed after man shouts 'bomb' on plane

Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City flight delayed after man shouts 'bomb' on plane

Friday, November 13, 2020, 12:05 GMT+7
Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City flight delayed after man shouts 'bomb' on plane
A plane of Pacific Airlines, the low-cost arm of national carrier Vietnam Airlines, is pictured at an airport in Vietnam. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A Ho Chi Minh City-bound flight from Hanoi was delayed after a passenger shouted that there was a bomb on the plane just moments before its departure.

The incident occurred on flight BL6011, operated by Pacific Airlines, the low-cost arm of national carrier Vietnam Airlines, at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Thursday morning.

The flight was scheduled to leave the capital city for Ho Chi Minh City at 11:25 am.

All passengers were asked to disembark the aircraft when a man aboard the flight shouted that there was a bomb on the plane just as the air crew was preparing to shut the doors

The air crew reported the incident to the captain and the flight was delayed while authorities performed a safety and security check.

The passenger was escorted back to the terminal and questioned by security officers.

All remaining passengers and their luggage were also brought back to the terminal to undergo security and safety examinations in accordance with regulations.

Pacific Airlines later prepared another aircraft and flight crew to carry the passengers from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City at 5:00 pm on the same day.

Relevant agencies are still working with the man to determine the cause of his incident.

He faces a fine of VND20-30 million (US$862-1,293), according to Vietnamese law.

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