Vietnam A321 at Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc on Apr 17th 2022, aircraft performed flight with fuselage damage

Last Update: April 28, 2022 / 16:06:16 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 17, 2022

Classification
Accident

Flight number
VN-1823

Aircraft Registration
VN-A603

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

A Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration VN-A603 performing flight VN-1823 from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc (Vietnam), departed Ho Chi Minh's runway 25R, climbed to FL200 and landed safely on Phu Quoc's runway 28 about 35 minutes after departure.

The aircraft is still on the ground in Phu Quoc on Apr 28th 2022.

On Apr 28th 2022 Vietnam's Civil Aviation Authority reported maintenance engineers found a 64-67 cm (25-26 inches) long dent at the underside at aft fuselage, that exceeded the limits set by the aircraft manufacturer and was thus deemed potentially unsafe. The aircraft was removed from service. Examination of surveillance cameras revealed that maintenance had been done to the tail section of the aircraft in the night of Apr 16th to 17th. A fork lift driver at Ho Chi Minh City improperly moved his vehicle away from the aircraft causing its safety shield to collide with the underside of the aircraft's belly leaving the dents. Captain and first officer as well as ground staff failed to discover the damage during pre-flight checks of the aircraft. The occurrence is being investigated.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 17, 2022

Classification
Accident

Flight number
VN-1823

Aircraft Registration
VN-A603

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

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