Pilot of crashed Vietnam chopper tried to avoid residential area: media

The pilot of the Vietnamese military helicopter that went down in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday apparently managed to avoid crashing into a residential area, local media reported Thursday. The UH-1 chopper hit the ground in a plantation surrounded by Melaleuca forest in the outlying district of Binh Chanh, a location that is not on the Ho Chi Minh City – Tay Ninh route it was supposed to fly, according to the Radio Voice of Vietnam. "The aircraft engine could have broken down unexpectedly, and the crew tried to control it out of the residential area," the Hanoi-based radio station quoted Colonel Le Van Hanh, political commissar of Air Force division 370, as saying. But Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that this possibility is unverified. "The chopper was flying on the right path and there is no residential area at the site of the crash," he said. The helicopter, carrying … [Read more...]

French co-pilot flying AirAsia jet before crash-investigators

Rescue team members walk as they carry the wreckage of a seat of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 airliner at Kumai port in Pangkalan Bun, January 19, 2015. The French first officer of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the sea last month was at the controls just prior to the accident, Indonesia's lead investigator said on Thursday. Data from the black box flight data recorder has provided the accident probe with a "pretty clear picture" of what happened in the last moments of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, but officials offered few details. The Airbus A320 vanished from radar screens in bad weather on Dec. 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore. All 162 people on board were killed. "The second-in-command, popularly known as the co-pilot, who usually sits to the right of the cockpit. At the time, he was flying the plane," said head National Transport Safety Committee (NTSC) investigator Mardjono Siswosuwarno, referring to … [Read more...]

Quang Ngai officially announced to expand Dung Quat Refinery

​A ceremony of announcing the project of expanding Dung Quat Oil Refinery was held on Jan 23 with a participation of various leaders from Quang Ngai province, Petro Vietnam (PVN) and hundreds of local residents. Planed works The project is to increase the capacity of Vietnam's first 3-billion US$ Dung Quat Refinery's capacity from 6.5 million tons to 8,5 million tons of crude oil per year, being equivalent to 192,000 bpd. The total investment is released to be 1.8 billion US$ coming from loans (70%) and capital contribution (30%). The project will add the some newly-built units to the refinery; upgrade some workshops; and build one more SPM, meeting the loading of Aframax with capacity of 300,000 DWT. A part from that, the project will also upgrade two Offsite wharfs under the Jetty port for receiving the 50,000-DWT vessel and some onshore wharfs for the 30,000-DWT vessel. In addition, the investor is to newly build some crude oil tanks and product tanks. The upgraded progress … [Read more...]

Indonesia’s military halts recovery efforts for crashed AirAsia jet

Indonesia's military on Tuesday halted search and recovery efforts for an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed last month killing all 162 people on board, navy officials said. "The operation has been ongoing for 30 days so the joint team has been pulled out," Rear Admiral Widodo, head of the navy's western fleet, told reporters. "Our apologies to the families of the victims. We tried our best to look for the missing victims." Seventy bodies have been recovered. Days of rough weather and poor visibility have hampered navy divers' efforts to find more bodies and recover the fuselage of the plane. The Airbus AIR.PA A320-200 vanished from radar screens on Dec. 28, less than half way into a two-hour flight from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-biggest city, to Singapore. There were no survivors. The flight recorders have been recovered and are being analyzed. A preliminary report into the crash will not include an analysis of the black box flight recorders, an Indonesian … [Read more...]

AirAsia crash report won’t include black box data: investigator

Indonesian soldiers hold the cockpit voice recorder of AirAsia QZ8501 at Iskandar airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan January 13, 2015. A preliminary report into last month's crash of an AirAsia passenger jet that killed 162 people will not include an analysis of the black box flight recorders, an Indonesian investigator said on Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Committee will submit its initial findings this week to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on AirAsia's first fatal crash. The Airbus AIR.PA A320-200 vanished from radar screens on Dec. 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-biggest city, to Singapore. There were no survivors. A multinational search and recovery operation has recovered 70 bodies so far and hoped to find more after locating the fuselage of the plane. But days of rough weather and poor underwater visibility have hampered navy divers' efforts. The preliminary report, which the ICAO … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Crazy House among the world’s most unique hotels

VietNamNet Bridge – The Hang Nga guesthouse, also known as Crazy House, in the resort city of Da Lat in central Vietnam has been named among the 25 coolest hotels in the world on boredpanda.com. The house was built in 1990 on a plot of land of nearly 2000 square meters at 3 Huynh Thuc Khang Road, by architect Dr. Dang Viet Nga. The house was initially called the Hang Nga villa (villa of the moon) and then Crazy House. Described as a "fairy tale house", the building’s overall design resembles a giant tree, incorporating sculptured design elements representing natural forms such as animals, mushrooms, spider webs and caves. Its architecture, comprising complex, organic and non-rectilinear shapes, has been described as expressionist. Nga has acknowledged the inspiration of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí in the building’s design, and visitors have variously drawn parallels between it and the works of artists such as Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney. Since … [Read more...]

AirAsia jet climbed fast then stalled

An AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea last month with 162 people on board climbed faster than normal and then stalled, the Indonesian transport minister said Tuesday. Rescue team members walk as they carry the wreckage of a seat of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 airliner at Kumai port in Pangkalan Bun, January 19, 2015. The flight lost contact with air traffic control in bad weather on December 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. Flight QZ8501 went down on December 28 in stormy weather, during what was supposed to be a short trip from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. Indonesia's meteorological agency has said bad weather may have caused the crash, and investigators are analysing the data from the jet's black boxes before releasing a preliminary report. Just moments before the plane disappeared off the radar, the pilot had asked to climb to avoid the storm. He was not immediately granted permission … [Read more...]

Indonesia says no evidence so far of terrorism in AirAsia crash

Indonesian policemen and rescue members carry a coffin of a passenger, who was onboard AirAsia Flight QZ8501, into a CN2950 airplane belonging to the Indonesian airforce at the Iskandar airbase in Pangkalan Bun, January 19, 2015. Photo credit: Reuters Indonesian investigators said on Monday they had found no evidence so far that terrorism played a part in the crash of an AirAsia passenger jet last month that killed all 162 people on board. Andreas Hananto told Reuters that his team of 10 investigators at the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) had found "no threats" in the cockpit voice recordings to indicate foul play during AirAsia Flight QZ8501. The Airbus A320-200 vanished from radar screens on Dec. 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore. There were no survivors. When asked if there was any evidence from the recording that terrorism was involved, Hananto said: "No. Because if there were terrorism, … [Read more...]

Indonesia investigators say no evidence so far of terrorism in AirAsia crash

Indonesian investigators said on Monday they had not found any evidence so far that terrorism was involved in the crash of an AirAsia passenger jet last month that killed all 162 people on board. Andreas Hananto told Reuters that his team of 10 investigators at the National Transportation Safety Committee had found "no threats" in the cockpit voice recordings to indicate foul play during AirAsia Flight QZ8501. The Airbus A320-200 vanished from radar screens on Dec. 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore. There were no survivors. When asked if there was any evidence from the recording that terrorism was involved, Hananto said: "No. Because if there were terrorism, there would have been a threat of some kind." "In that critical situation, the recording indicates that the pilot was busy with the handling of the plane." Investigators said they had listened to the whole of the recording but transcribed only … [Read more...]

AirAsia cockpit voice recorder found – Indonesian officials

Divers in the Java Sea have retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501, say officials. The retrieval comes a day after the first piece of the so-called black box, the flight data recorder, was also found and brought to shore. The aircraft with 162 people on board disappeared between Surabaya in Indonesia and Singapore on 28 December. The two devices will help investigators understand more about what went wrong. Forty-eight bodies have been recovered so far, but most of the victims are believed to still be inside the fuselage, which has not been found. Pilot conversations The voice recorder was retrieved from underneath heavy wreckage of a wing from a depth of about 30 metres (98 feet) early morning on Tuesday, said Tonny Budiono, sea navigation director at the Transportation Ministry. "This is good news for investigators to reveal the cause of the plane crash," he said. Santoso Sayogo, from the National Transportation Safety Committee, also … [Read more...]

Indonesia confident AirAsia fuselage discovered, zero in on black box

he tail of AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane is seen on the deck of the Indonesian Search and Rescue (BASARNAS) ship Crest Onyx after it was lifted from the seabed, in the waters of Kumai, Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan January 11, 2015. Photo credit: Reu Indonesian search teams believe they have found the fuselage of an AirAsia airliner that crashed in the Java Sea two weeks ago, and divers hope calmer waters on Monday will allow them to retrieve the black box flight recorders. Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control in bad weather on Dec. 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. None of the 162 people on the aircraft survived. Searchers have also been hearing pings, believed to be from the aircraft's two black boxes near where the tail of the Airbus A320-200 aircraft tail was raised on Saturday. Supriyadi, operations coordinator for the National Search and Rescue Agency, said on Sunday a sonar … [Read more...]

Indonesian searchers believe crashed AirAsia’s fuselage found

The tail of AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane is seen on the deck of the Indonesian Search and Rescue (BASARNAS) ship Crest Onyx after it was lifted from the sea bed, in the Java Sea January 10, 2015 Indonesian search teams believe a sonar scan has detected the fuselage of an AirAsia airliner that crashed two weeks ago with the loss of all 162 people on board and divers were on Sunday checking the find, a senior official said. Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control during thundery weather on Dec. 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. There were no survivors. Searchers have also been hearing pings, believed to be from the aircraft's black box flight recorders, near where the tail of the Airbus A320-200 aircraft tail was raised on Saturday. Supriyadi, operations coordinator for the National Search and Rescue Agency, said a sonar scan had revealed an object measuring 10 metres by four metres by 2.5 … [Read more...]

Indonesia trying to lift up crashed AirAsia jet’s tail structure

Ignasius Jonan, Indonesia's Minister of Transportation, speaks to journalist after press conference on search efforts for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya in Surabaya, Indonesia, on Dec. 29, 2014 Indonesian authorities are stepping up efforts to lift the tail structure of the AirAsia Bhd. jet that crashed into the Java Sea while the search for the plane’s black boxes continues for a 12th day. "We will try as soon as we can to lift up the black box and try to analyze it," Minister of Transportation Ignasius Jonan said in an interview with Bloomberg TV today. Yesterday, authorities found the tail of the plane, which houses the cockpit-voice recorder and the flight-data recorder. "We are pulling resources to do the lifting of the black box and tail." There will be 84 divers from several ships looking for the black box, F.H. Bambang Sulistyo, head of the national search and rescue agency, said today. Searchers may have … [Read more...]

United attendants say 13 fired for protesting ‘menacing’ jet

A United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. planes at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. Thirteen former United Airlines flight attendants say they were improperly fired last year after refusing to work on a Boeing Co. (BA) 747 jumbo jet that had "menacing" images drawn below its tail. The attendants say they had a right to disobey orders to make the July 14 San Francisco-to-Hong Kong trip after the words "bye bye" were found written in an oil slick on the fuselage, according to a complaint to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Two faces, one smiling and one "devilish," were drawn nearby, according to the complaint. At issue is the extent to which the images represented a security risk, as alleged by the attendants. According to the complaint, the workers saw a "serious" threat, while United inspected an auxiliary power unit near the drawings, found nothing suspicious and trivialized the incident as a "joke." United, a unit of … [Read more...]

Qantas rated World’s Safest Airline for 2015

AirlineRatings.com, safety and product rating website, has announced its top ten safest airlines and top ten safest low cost airlines for 2015 from the 449 it monitors. Top of the list again is Qantas which has a fatality free record in the jet era. Making up the remainder of the top ten in alphabetical order are: Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific Airways, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines. AirlineRatings.com's rating system takes into account a variety of factors related to audits from aviation's governing bodies and lead associations as well as government audits and the airlines' fatality records. AirlineRating.com also examined airlines' operational histories, incident records and operational excellence to arrive at its top ten safest airlines. According to AirlineRatings.com editor, Geoffrey Thomas, "our top ten safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation and launching new planes." "These … [Read more...]

Search crews recover AirAsia bodies

Recovery teams have narrowed the search area for AirAsia Flight 8501, hopeful they were closing in on the plane's crash site, with a total of 30 bodies and more debris recovered from the sea. French and Singaporean investigators joined the hunt for the Airbus A320-200, which disappeared from radar during a storm Sunday en route from Indonesia's second city of Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board. The search teams have deployed side-scan sonar equipment to survey the seabed and pinger locators to fine-tune their search for the plane's black boxes, crucial to determining the why the plane crash into the Java Sea off Borneo. Rough weather has in recent days hampered the search for the plane's fuselage, which is believed to be in relatively shallow water of around 25-32 metres. Search and rescue agency chief Bambang Soelistyo said the operation was focused on an area of 1575 square nautical miles -- a tenth of the size of Thursday's search -- with 29 ships and 17 … [Read more...]

Searchers hopeful in AirAsia search

Indonesian recovery teams narrowed the search area for AirAsia Flight 8501 Friday, hopeful they were closing in on the plane's crash site, with a total of 16 bodies and more debris recovered from the sea. An Indonesian search and rescue team carry the body of a victim recovered from wreckage of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, in Pangkalan Bun, in Central Kalimantan on January 2, 2015. French and Singaporean investigators with equipment for detecting the signal from the plane's black boxes were set to join the hunt for the Airbus A320-200, which disappeared from radar during a storm Sunday en route from Indonesia's second city of Surabaya to Singapore. The plane crashed in the shallow waters of the Java Sea off Borneo but rough weather and high seas have hampered the search forthe fuselage and the bodies of the 162 passengers and crew. Search and rescue agency chief chief Bambang Soelistyo said Friday's search was focused on an area of 1,575 nautical square miles, with 29 ships and 17 … [Read more...]

Search area for AirAsia jet narrowed, 16 bodies found

Indonesian recovery teams narrowed the search area for AirAsia flight QZ8501 Friday, hopeful they were closing in on the plane's crash site, with a total of 16 bodies and more debris recovered from the sea. French and Singaporean investigators with equipment for detecting the signal from the plane's black boxes were set to join the hunt for the Airbus A320-200, which disappeared from radar during a storm Sunday en route from Indonesia's second city of Surabaya to Singapore. The plane crashed in the shallow waters of the Java Sea off Borneo but rough weather and high seas have hampered the search for the fuselage and the bodies of the 162 passengers and crew. Search and rescue agency chief chief Bambang Soelistyo said today's search was focused on an area of 1,575 nautical square miles, with 29 ships and 17 aircraft engaged in the operation. It is a tenth the size of yesterday's search, which covered an area of 13,500 nautical square miles. "There are two main tasks in this … [Read more...]

Weather stalls search for AirAsia black boxes; first victim buried

A crewmember of an Indonesian Air Force Super Puma helicopter of 6th Air Squadron uses a binocular to scan the horizon during a search operation for the victims of AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 over the Java Sea January 1, 2015. Photo credit: Reuters Heavy seas stopped divers reaching the possible wreck of an AirAsia Indonesia jet off Borneo on Thursday and an aviation official said it could be a week before the black box flight recorders are found. Nine bodies have so far been recovered from the Airbus A320-200, which crashed on Sunday en route to Singapore from the Indonesian city of Surabaya with 162 people on board. The bodies were brought in numbered coffins to Surabaya where relatives have gathered for identification. AirAsia Indonesia's CEO Sunu Widyatmoko was seen weeping when authorities handed over the body of the first victim, Hayati Luthfiah Hamid, to family members at a Surabaya hospital. Relatives lower the coffin containing the body of Hayati Lutfiah, a passenger of … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s most serious civil aviation incidents in 2014

Two near-collisions, a hijacking scare caused by a pilot pressing the wrong button, and loss of contact with air traffic control are among the most prominent incidents Vietnam’s civil aviation sector experienced in 2014. According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), the sector suffered 311 incidents in total last year, 129 cases more than in 2013, due to a variety of reasons. Tuoi Tre News presents a flashback of six such occurrences. Contact with air traffic control lost On May 14, Vietnam Airlines flight VN1601 left Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City for Buon Ma Thuot in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. When preparing to land at Buon Ma Thuot Airport, the crew contacted the local air control station to ask for weather information, but there was no response. The plane, therefore, had to circle above the airport while waiting for contact to resume. Ten minutes later, the pilot was able to contact the station and safely … [Read more...]