A VietJet plane landing during a heavy rainstorm on Sunday afternoon skidded off the runway at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The plane had departed at Phu Quoc Island off the southern coast of Vietnam and was landing in the capital at approximately 12.24 pm.
However, according to one eyewitness, as the aircraft was about to touch down onto the tarmac, one of its wheels exploded, and the landing gear plowed into the ground.
The airplane then skidded off the runway and into a grassy field. Luckily, nobody was injured in the incident.
A firetruck arrived on the scene within minutes, and within an hour, all passengers had disembarked and were taken to the terminal on a bus.
VietJet quickly released a statement, blaming the high winds and heavy rain for the accident. They also said there was “no damage.”
However, despite this, Vietnam’s Aviation Authority has suspended the two pilots and six crew members who were working on the flight, pending a full investigation.
The incident caused massive disruption to flights at Tan Son Nhat International Airport as it resulted in the closure of the only runway at the airport. The other of the two runways is currently undergoing an upgrade.
Source: Tuoi Tre