Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority is investigating an incident where the “awaiting departure clearance” command was forgotten, resulting in an aircraft taking off while another aircraft was crossing the runway at Noi Bai Airport.
On the morning of July 5th, confirming with a VietNamNet reporter, the Director of Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority, Dinh Viet Thang, stated that they had received a report regarding the incident where the “awaiting departure clearance” command was forgotten, causing an aircraft to take off while another aircraft was crossing the runway at Noi Bai Airport.
According to Mr. Thang, the Civil Aviation Authority did not receive a report from the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation (VATM) and is currently investigating the matter. “Currently, the Authority has suspended the duty crew involved in the incident for the purpose of investigation,” said Mr. Thang.
The incident occurred on the afternoon of June 24th when Thai Air Asia flight AIQ645 was taxiing to take off from Hanoi to Bangkok, Thailand. At the same time, another flight from a different airline was landing on runway 11L (parallel to 11R).
Thai Air Asia’s plane at Noi Bai airport (Artwork: VOV)