Updated  
March, 08 2014 21:36:00

Aircraft dispatched to search for missing Malaysian plane

Malaysia Airlines said a flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing early Saturday. — Photo AFP

HCM CITY — The Ministry of National Defence on the afternoon of March 8 dispatched an aircraft from Ho Chi Minh City 's Tan Son Nhat International Airport to search for a Malaysian plane that went missing in the area in the early hours of the morning.

The ministry is also ready to send helicopters, ships from the navy and the maritime police to aid the search and rescue effort if the AN 26 search aircraft detects the location of the missing plane, said Major General Pham Hoai Giang, Director of the ministry's Rescue Department.

Giang, who is also chief office of the National Committee for Search and Rescue, said his department prepared to aid the search immediately after receiving information that the Malaysia Airlines jet, carrying 239 people aboard from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, lost all contact at about 120 nautical miles southwest of Ca Mau cape in southernmost Vietnam.

The department has urged the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to transmit update announcement to all vessels operating near the area so that they can join the rescue when needed.

The centre has been asked to coordinate with the Consular Department of the Foreign Ministry as well as the Defence Ministry's units in instructing on-duty vessels to follow Malaysia 's search and rescue activities and stand ready for the mission.

Colonel Luu Hoang Ha, Deputy Commander of the Border Guard of Ca Mau province, said the force has informed vessels operating at sea of the situation in order to keep track of the traces of the missing plane.

At present, all Ca Mau localities have prepared necessary conditions for the rescue, said Nguyen Thanh Luan, chief of the provincial People's Committee Office, adding that by 14:20 on March 8 ( Vietnam time), the location of the missing jet was yet to be identified.

Rear Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Political Commissar of the Naval Zone 5 in Phu Quoc island district, southern Kien Giang province, said his unit has also prepared necessary vessels and equipment for the rescue.

According to the MRCC, the Malaysian 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 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 158 Chinese people. — VNS


COMMENTS
+Mie Mohd - alangmedia@gmail.com   +Mie Mohd
March, 08 2014 23:25:17
Greetings from Kuala Lumpur, we are so thankful to Vietnamese for helping us searching the missing flight. cảm ơn Việt Nam, thank you Vietnam
Send Us Your Comments:
Name:
Your E-mail address:
Title:
 

VietNamNews may edit your comments and not all emails will be published.

Highlight

Confiscated bikes set for charity sale Confiscated bikes set for charity sale

The National Traffic Safety Committee plans to sell motorbikes and bicycles driving on expressways that have been banned for their use.

Cycling race escort dies in accident Cycling race escort dies in accident

A member of a motorbike escort group for the Binh Duong Open International Women's Bike Race died yesterday after being hit by a motorbike tour group.

Vietnamese cuisine book journeys out of 5-star resort's kitchen Vietnamese cuisine book journeys out of 5-star resort's kitchen

The five-star Furama Resort has released a 120-page cookbook titled A Journey Through Viet Nam's Cuisine, featuring recipes from the resort's culinary library.

HCM City youth call on banks, firms to stop funding fossil fuels HCM City youth call on banks, firms to stop funding fossil fuels

A series of activities on climate change and energy have been launched by 350.org Viet Nam aimed at raising people's awareness about the threat of a carbon bubble.

Da Nang to teach archipelago history Da Nang to teach archipelago history

The history of Da Nang and its relationship with the Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands) will be introduced into the curricula at secondary and high schools in the central coastal city this year, officials have announced.