Sunday, December 01, 2013

Official denies plane flew low, damaged house: Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Vietnam

An aviation official has denied allegations that a plane flew over an area near Tan Son Nhat international airport at very low altitude and caused damage to a local house on Friday.

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) has checked all 23 civil flights flying past the area from 8am to 9am on November 29 when the accident allegedly occurred.

The results showed that all of them flew in the right orbit, right altitude, and right speed, according to Dinh Viet Thang, CAAV’s deputy head.

The senior official claimed that all the flights were 150m above ground in accordance with current aviation regulations and it is groundless to say that the plane was just 35-40 meters above the house’s roof as some residents supposed.

Thang added that buildings in the area are not allowed to be higher than 30m.

Previously on Nov. 29 morning, a house on Road 19, Ward 15 in Go Vap district had part of its tiled roof blown away after a plane flew past it.

Many local residents confirmed the incident was caused by the plane, adding that it flew only 35-40 meters above the house’s roof.

Vo Thanh Hung, a local man, said, “I was washing my face when I heard many loud noises from the roof. I rushed out of my house and saw a lot of tiles lying broken up on the ground. At that time, a plane just flew past at a low altitude.”

Other local people said they see a plane fly above the house every 3 or 5 minutes.

Pham Quang Thinh, the house’s owner, recounted that he had left the house before the plane appeared. Otherwise, he could have been injured by the falling tiles.

Thinh said many residents in the area were seized with panic when the plane flew right above his house, adding it caused a strong vortex that blew away many tiles of the roof.

Some tiles fell down to his bedroom while some others were blown to other houses nearby or to the ground, Thinh said.

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