In a recent incident, a Vietjet flight carrying 214 passengers and crew members encountered an unforeseen technical problem, prompting an unscheduled but safe landing in the northern Philippines.
The Airbus A321neo aircraft operating a scheduled flight between Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) and Duong Dong Airport (PQC) Vietnam made a diversion to Laoag in the Philippines after experiencing engine vibrations.
Flight VJ975 Incheon – Hanoi
Flight VJ975, operated by a VietJet Airbus A321neo, was en-route from South Korean city of Incheon to Duong Dong on June 27, when it made an unscheduled diversion to Laoag International Airport in the northern Philippines due to engine vibrations.
The flight then landed safely in Laoag at 11:30 a.m. local time, without further incident.
The flight crew did not formally declare an emergency, and had communicated with Air Traffic Control about the difficulty arising from the technical issue.
It is important to note that there was no engine failure reported, according to Eric Apolonio, spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.
The passengers were subsequently escorted to an airport lounge, where they awaited the arrival of a replacement aircraft.
Unscheduled Landing – Laoag
As the Vietjet flight was making its way to Vietnam, the unexpected technical issue arose, causing the pilot to divert to Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte province, located in the northern part of the Philippines.
No Engine Failure Reported
It was subsequently confirmed by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines that there was no actual engine failure during the incident.
The cause of the engine vibrations is still under investigation, but VietJet Airlines said that it was a “technical issue” and that the plane was “fully safe” to fly. The airline also said that it was providing accommodation and meals to the passengers who were stranded in Laoag.
The flight was eventually able to resume its journey to Hanoi, arriving at 7:30 p.m. local time.
VietJet Air is a Vietnamese low-cost airline headquartered in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is the largest airline in Vietnam in terms of fleet size and number of passengers carried.
VietJet was founded in 2007 by Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo, Vietnam’s first female billionaire. The airline’s slogan is “Bay là thích ngay!”, which means “Enjoy Flying!” in Vietnamese.
VietJet currently operates a fleet of over 80 aircraft, including Airbus A320s and A321s. The airline flies to over 100 destinations in Vietnam, Southeast Asia, Asia, and Europe.
VietJet is also the first Vietnamese airline to operate long-haul flights, with flights to destinations such as London, Paris, and Seoul.