Saigon airport ground handler fined for driving too close to moving plane

posted on 2nd September 2019 by William Hayes
Saigon airport ground handler fined for driving too close to moving plane

An employee at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City has been fined VND4 million (£142) for cutting in front of an aircraft on the runway.

The Saigon Ground Services employee drove his ground vehicle in front of the moving Vietnam Airlines plane on August 19, forcing it to come to a sudden stop, according to a report by VnExpress.

In addition to the fine, the ground handler’s license for operating ground support equipment (GSE) was revoked, the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport said.

The incident was not the only near-miss to occur at the airport last month, as a driver of a mobile boarding ramp lost control on August 21 and hit an aircraft waiting to depart for Osaka, Japan.

The collision caused a dent in the aircraft’s fuselage and postponed the flight for one day, with the aircraft now having been sent for repairs and checks.