HA NOI (VNS) — No serious incidents related to aviation safety and security were reported in 2014, but safeguards need to be installed to prevent any incidents from occurring in the future.
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai made this statement at a conference held yesterday, which was organised by the National Civil Aviation Security Committee to launch its tasks for 2015.
It was reported at the conference that 91 incidents related to aviation safety were reported and 300 violations of aviation security rules took place in 2014.
The Deputy PM recognised the civil aviation sector's efforts made last year, in terms of security and ensuring that no grave occurrences were reported against the backdrop of the Viet Nam's aviation industry expanding drastically, both in terms of the number of aircraft and its size of operation.
Hai said flight safety was ensured in 2014, which marked the 17th year in a row that the country did not register a single air crash.
Deputy Prime Minister Hai cited the world specialist organisations' positive ranking for Viet Nam's civil aviation, saying that in terms of scale, revenue, organizational structure and plane modernity, Viet Nam figures among the world's top 20, while its aviation safety and security is ranked 50 out of 145.
Still, Hai stressed that, "One thing is for sure: if an aviation accident ever happens, its aftermath will be serious and heartbreaking. It can be said that there is no room for learning lessons from mistakes. It is a must to stay alert alltimes and take regular and continuous precautions while clearly identifying accountability at the same time."
Hai also ordered that the national committee, emergency committees, airlines, the Viet Nam Air Traffic Management Corporation and airports incorporate into their work, plans for 2015 and the ensuing years, as well as implement preventive and handling measures in store and conduct regular reviews.
Also, the accountability of the head and his deputies in charge of aviation safety and security in each of these institutions must be clarified. "There is no incident in which the management is not held accountable," Hai said.
The Deputy PM also instructed the concerned agencies to work harder on the tasks already set out for them in order to ensure the maximum safety and security of flights, as well as all other aviation activities.
He told them to boost investment in fencing, lighting, security camera systems and network security and to improve performance in inspection, assessment and testing related to aviation security.
At the same time, they should also step up publicity and dissemination of aviation safety and security-related laws to help raise public awareness and cultivate a civilised culture for fight use by the general public. — VNS