The Vietnam Airlines General Corporation has announced the setting up of an inspection team by Vietnam Airlines to resolve issues and complaints of violations by Unit Team 919, and to take appropriate legal action.
Previously, several complaints from employees had been sent to the press, releasing information of Unit Team 919 and accusing the Team leader of violations in management, administration and recruitments.
The complaints against the managing board of Unit Team 919 included tax evasion and abetting tax evasion, hiring of unregistered foreign pilots, wrongdoings related to hiring contracts and training of pilots.
The complaints also mentioned the case of hiring of pilot Lee Young Suk, a South Korean national who had only one flight hour experience on an A320 aircraft, which meant the pilot lacked experience and expertise in controlling this type of airplane and hence endangering the lives of people.
From 2008 to 2011, Unit Team 919 had hired 1,200 foreign pilots with total wages of US$120 million a year; however, the Unit had only registered six pilots at the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs in Hanoi, thus evading personal income tax of the unregistered pilots, to the tune of more than VND700 billion.
Now more public concern has been raised and questions being asked whether this is a phenomenon in Vietnam Airlines.
At present, the Unit Team 919 pays its pilots and flight attendants a very high salary -- VND50-150 million per month or pilots and VND20-25 million per month for flight attendants and stewards.