Two ground service staff members were injured after a plane of national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines was struck by lightning while parking at an airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
Lightning hit an Airbus A321 aircraft of Vietnam Airlines at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City at around 7:00 pm on Monday, after it had arrived from Phu Quoc Island.
The plane was parked at the airport, while all passengers had already exited.
There was a heavy rainstorm at the time, and two employees of Vietnam Airport Ground Services Company Limited (VIAGS), 53-year-old Nguyen Duc Th. and 34-year-old Vo Khac H., were standing near the aircraft as they were preparing to serve another flight.
The incident caused Th., who had a history of high blood pressure, to experience shortness of breath and panic, while H., suffered headaches, dizziness, and panic attacks.
They were given first aid and admitted to 175 Military Hospital.
They were later in stable conditions but were advised to remain at the infirmary for 24 hours for further monitoring.
The lightning strike damaged the surface of the apron as well as caused a hole of about 0.5 centimeters in diameter on the plane.
This aircraft has been suspended from operation for repair works.
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