Disaster averted as plane loses wheels on landing

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Vietjet Airliner

Six people were injured after the wheels of a recently delivered Vietjet Airbus plane flew off as the aircraft made a rough landing in central Vietnam, officials said on Friday.

The incident comes as Southeast Asia’s booming aviation industry faces scrutiny following last month’s deadly Lion Air crash in Indonesia blamed on technical problems with a near-new Boeing 737 that the airline failed to check.

Like Indonesia, Vietnam’s airline industry has expanded rapidly in recent years with carriers such as budget airline Vietjet buying up planes and adding domestic and international routes.

On Thursday evening, a plane lost its nose wheels as it made a rough landing in Buon Ma Thuot from Ho Chi Minh City, according to the transport ministry.

The flight “encountered a serious incident during landing, during which two front wheels of the aircraft were lost,” according to a report seen by AFP, written by the ministry for the Prime Minister.

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