March, 09 2014 18:45:27

Malaysia appreciates assistance in locating missing plane

Relatives of the flight passengers arrive at the press conference held in Kuala Lumpur on March 9. — Photo VNA

KUALA LUMPUR — The Malaysian Government on March 9 highly valued the assistance offered by five nations, including Vietnam, in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane MH370.


The Kuala Lumpur-based Vietnam News Agency correspondent quoted Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman as saying that he contacted his counterparts in Vietnam, China, Singapore, the Philippines and the US seeking their assistance.

The Minister also delivered his country's appreciation of assistance given by other countries and international organisations in the search for the missing jet.

He informed that his country established a national coordination centre at the Disaster Control Centre in Cyberjaya city, the state of Selangor, to keep updated with the situation.

On the afternoon of March 9, a Malaysian Airlines representative held a press conference in Beijing, confirming that the carrier made contact with relatives of all passengers onboard Flight MH370 and is making all possible efforts to assist them go to Malaysia if they want.

The company representative, however, came up with no new information about the missing plane and the outcomes of search efforts.

Despite continuing search efforts, the plane's whereabouts have not been ascertained thus far.

Malaysia's Bernama cited the Maritime Enforcement Agency as saying that they found a huge oil leak in Tok Bali, around 100 nautical miles from Kelantan archipelago.

According to the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), the Malaysian Airlines passenger Boeing 777-200 left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 16:42 UTC on March 7 (23:42 Vietnam time).

At 17:21 UTC (00:21 on March 8 Vietnam time), the plane lost contact with the Subang Air Traffic Control at 06 o 56'N – 103 o 35'E over Malaysian waters, 120 nautical miles southwest of Vietnam's Ca Mau cape and 25 nautical miles south of the Vietnam-Malaysia overlapping sea borderline.

On board were 227 passengers and 12 crew members from 13 countries, including 153 Chinese.-VNA

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