Vietnamese near miss investigated

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has launched an investigation into an incident in which a Vietnam Airlines aircraft nearly collided with one from Jetstar Pacific last month.
The incident happened near Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on December 19, when the northbound Vietnam Airlines aircraft was taking off while the other was preparing to land, news website VnExpress reported.
A preliminary investigation found that air routes had not been designed properly and controllers insufficiently qualified to provide suitable advice to pilots, who instead had to rely on traffic collision avoidance systems.
According to the aviation authority, a controller had told the Vietnam Airlines pilot to ascend to 270 metres while the Jetstar Pacific aircraft was at 320 metres heading in from the opposite direction. When the VA pilot was told to go up to the 330 metres, the aircraft warning system sounded.

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