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Vietjet pilots cleared of drug smuggling suspicion

Update: August, 23/2016 - 19:00
A Vietjet aircraft lands at Noi Bai International Airport.— Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The two foreign Vietjet pilots suspected of trafficking narcotics have been cleared of any suspicion, the carrier said in its latest press release. 

Earlier on August 18, customs officers at Hà Nội’s Nội Bài International Airport suspected that the baggage of Elmer Ederadan Sorrea, a Filipino, contained some banned substances. His companion was Francis Dennis Abellera Yutangco from the US. 

The two, who were about to board flight 5J745 of Cebu Pacific Air to Manila from Hà Nội, are Vietjet’s pilots and were on vacation.

“Việt Nam’s customs officers conducted a normal check on their luggage and then transferred them to the local public security officers for further checks after suspicions were raised. The American pilot was confirmed to have had no involvement with the suspicious luggage while the Filippino’s luggage was also confirmed later to have no problems by local authorities,” Vietjet said.

The two pilots later continued their trip on a Cebu Pacific Air flight to Manila, it said.—VNS



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