By Ariel Fernandez
Civil Aviation Authority of The Philippines (CAAP) flight safety inspectors are now conducting an investigation on the accident involving a Vietnam Airlines Airbus 321 after it sustained two fist-size dents on the left hand fuselage just below the pilot’s window on Tuesday morning.
The twin engine plane with 200 seating capacity was dented after it hit the passenger loading bridge. It was empty at the time and was being towed by a tug to Parking Bay number 4 in preparation for takeoff. It remains stranded at NAIA Terminal 1
The aircraft is the chartered flight of Vietnam athletes who participated in the recent 30th South East Asian Games.
Vietnam Air flight HN9654 stayed overnight at the NAIA remote parking. It was supposed to fly home the Vietnamese delegation on December 11.
Ground-handling service provider Dnata, (Dubai National Air Travel Agency) was servicing the plane when the accident happened.
Airport General Manager Ed Monreal said the Manila International Airport Authority is still waiting for the official report on the incident, “but I was advised that the error was the GHA (ground handling service). Let’s wait for the final report.”