Tue, May 08, 2007
Passenger Vomits Bags Of White Powder
An Australia-bound Vietnam Airlines jet was forced to make an
emergency landing about an hour after taking off from Ho Chi Minh
City on Saturday, when a passenger became ill. It wasn't long
before those onboard were able to figure out why.
The passenger, an Australian man of Vietnamese descent, vomited
a nylon bag of white powder suspected to be heroin and caused the
emergency return to Vietnam, according to Reuters.
Airline officials told the state-run Youth newspaper the plane
had been in the air for an hour when the man fell ill.
After landing at Tan Son Nhat Airport, the man, identified as
35-year-old Nguyen Kant, proceeded to cough up two more bags of
white powder. He was taken into custody then to the hospital...
where doctors reportedly found 30 more red nylon bags in his
Airport officials said the Boeing 777 was able to resume the
flight to Sydney early Sunday morning.
In recent years, there have been several Australians of
Vietnamese descent that have been arrested for trafficking heroin
to Australia from Vietnam, according to the news service. At least
four of those were sentenced to death.
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