HCMC – Vietnam has asked Japan to promptly look into an anonymous caller who threatened to shoot down the VN5311 flight of Vietnam Airlines (VNA) flying from Japan’s Tokyo to Hanoi if it flew over Tokyo Bay in early January.
Vietnam has sent a diplomatic note to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, proposing the Japanese side launch a probe into the threat call and determine the identity of the caller, Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a press briefing today, January 20.
Vietnam is collaborating with Japan to clarify the reason for the threat and identify the individuals involved, the local media reported, citing Hang.
Earlier on January 5, a VNA aircraft from the Narita International Airport at 10.30 a.m. for Hanoi City with three pilots, 12 flight attendants and 47 passengers on board, was threatened to be shot down by a man if it flew over Tokyo Bay.
Flight VN5311 was Vietnam Airlines’ first commercial flight from Japan to Vietnam after the two countries restarted their regular air services. Most passengers on board are Vietnamese people who returned to the country after working for several years in Japan.