Near miss on Danang runway after trainee air traffic controller left in charge
Agence France-Presse in Hanoi, Vietnam
Two planes nearly collided at an airport in central Vietnam after a young intern was left in charge of directing a busy runway, aviation authorities said.
An air traffic controller who left the trainee to supervise the runway at Danang on June 27 has been suspended and his aviation licence has been revoked, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said.
"The incident seriously threatened aviation safety. If it had not been spotted in a timely manner, it would have led to an accident," a CAAV statement said.
The intern instructed a Jetstar Pacific plane to take off from the same runway where a Vietnam Airlines plane had just landed, according to state media.
The planes came within 350 metres of each other and it was only after the Vietnam Airlines pilot informed air traffic control that his plane was still on the runway that the intern realised the error, Tuoi Tre newspaper said.