VietJet A320 at Nha Trang on Dec 25th, landed on closed runway

A VietJetAir Airbus A320-200, registration VN-A695 performing flight VJ-689 from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), was climbing out of Nha Trang’s Cam Ranh Airport’s runway 02 when the crew stopped the climb at FL130 due to a technical problem, entered a hold south of Nha Trang and decided to return to Nha Trang. The aircraft’s transponder stopped transmitting position data after the second holding pattern. The aircraft subsequently approached runway 02, however, landed on the already finished but not yet opened runway 02R instead of runway 02. There were no injuries and no damage.

Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority reported the aircraft departed Nha Trang at 11:14L (04:14Z) and was climbing out a few minutes after takeoff when the crew received a warning indication of a technical problem. The crew decided to return to Cam Ranh Airport for an emergency landing, however, mistakenly landed on a runway that was completed but not yet opened. The CAA assigned an investigation team and opened an investigation, soon after the CAA decided to suspend all staff by VietJetAir involved in the operation of this flight, to prohibit the airline to introduce new routes and to put VietJetAir under special monitoring.

A similar occurrence had happened earlier this year – Vietnam A321 at Nha Trang on Apr 29th 2018, landed on a runway under construction. 

Related NOTAM:
A3253/18 NOTAMN
Q) VVTS/QMRHW/IV/NBO/A/000/999/1200N10913E005
A) VVCR B) 1809281029 C) 1812311659 EST
E) REF AIP SUP A12/18 CONTINUOUS CONSTRUCTION OF RWY NR 2, TWYS AND
APRON AT CAM RANH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WEF 07 MAY 2018
– ITEM 2.1.1 PHASE 1: CONT UNTIL 1659 DATED DEC 31 2018

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