VietJet A330 Ho Chi Minh City-Melbourne Declares Emergency

Robert Myers (CC-BY-SA 3.0 AU), CC BY-SA 3.0 AU, via Wikimedia Commons

A VietJet Air flight operating from Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne, Australia has declared an emergency in the last few moments.

Flight VJ81 initiated a descent and direct return to Ho Chi Minh City not long after departure.

Updates will follow.

Flight track of VietJet VJ81 showing return to Ho Chi Minh City
3 weeks ago30/05/24

VietJet VJ81 Ho Chi Minh City-Melbourne

VietJet Air flight VJ81 declared an emergency with squawk code 7700 not long after departure from Ho Chi Minh City. The flight is presently initiating a return to the origin airport.

The nature of the emergency prompting the early return is not yet known.

Flight track of VietJet VJ81 showing return to Ho Chi Minh City
3 weeks ago30/05/24

Descent and Emergency Declaration

Flight VJ81 conducted a fairly rapid descent from FL320 (32,000) before declaring the emergency. The flight descended below 10,000 feet and flight crew then squawked transponder code 7700.

At the time of the code 7700 transmission, the aircraft had levelled off at 9,000 feet.

The aircraft is currently holding off the coast, which may be for fuel dumping purposes before the early return landing.

Holding is being conducted at an altitude of 7,000 feet.

Flight track of VietJet VJ81 showing return to Ho Chi Minh City
3 weeks ago30/05/24

Exited Holding Pattern

VietJet flight VJ81 has now left the holding pattern and is continuing an approach to Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). The aircraft is presently descending through 4,000 feet for its return.

Flight track of VietJet emergency VJ81 showing return to Ho Chi Minh City
3 weeks ago30/05/24

Approach SGN

Weather for the flight’s return is current visual conditions (VFR), with visibility 10 kilometers or more, with a 5,000 foot cloudbase. The active runway for the return is RWY25.

VietJet flight is now establishing on finals for SGN RWY25.


Landed SGN

VietJet flight VJ81, an A330 originally heading to Melbourne, has landed safely at Ho Chi Minh City’s runway 25 (SGN RWY25) after an emergency declaration earlier today.

The aircraft conducting today’s VJ81 rotation to Melbourne (MEL) was an Airbus A330-300 registered VN-A815. This is an 8.5 year old widebody aircraft belonging to the carrier VietJet Air.


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