HANOI (dpa) – Police in Ho Chi Minh City arrested a technician over his role in causing a 90-minute blackout at Vietnam’s biggest international airport, a government official said Friday.
The incident last month at Tan Son Nhat airport left the control tower without radar, causing 50 flights to be delayed or rerouted. Le Tri Tinh, head of the technological support centre, is accused of violating regulations and causing a malfunction to the control tower’s power supply devices, Deputy Minister of Transport Pham Quy Tieu told dpa.
“Police are investigating the case to find out how and why it happened,” Tieu said.
The technician has not yet been charged, he said. Two other staff members were suspended.
Vietnam’s airports has come under increased public scrutiny recently.
Last month a passenger plane almost collided with a military helicopter at the same airport after an air traffic supervisor failed to pass on critical information.
In July two planes narrowly avoided disaster when an intern instructed a passenger plane to taxi onto a runway where another plane had just landed.
Transport Minister De La Thang was quoted in local media as saying the problem was rooted in nepotism.
“Vietnamese aviation firms suffer from low-quality human resources because airport and air traffic management companies find it hard to educate their staff, who are the children or relatives of the firms’ leaders,” Thanh Nien newspaper quoted him as saying.