March, 10 2014 18:37:47

Missing jet search command office at Phu Quoc airport

The Air Traffic Control Tower in southern Phu Quoc Province. — Photo dantri.com.vn
HCM CITY — A command office has been set up at Phu Quoc International Airport in the southern province of Kien Giang to coordinate the search for the missing Malaysian jetliner.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished from radar early on March 8 somewhere at sea between Malaysia and Vietnam about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur , bound for Beijing. On board were 227 passengers and 12 crew members.

The office establishment was agreed during a working session between Deputy Minister of Transport Pham Quy Tieu and the airport's authorities in Phu Quoc island district on March 10.

Tieu also instructed relevant agencies to continue making preparations for the search and rescue operation while stressing the need to enhance security and control at the airport.

Naval Zone 5 dispatched a vessel from An Thoi seaport to bring fuels to other ships and join the mission.

Foreign reporters arrive in Phu Quoc. — Photo Cong Quang

Hordes of domestic and foreign reporters have flocked to Phu Quoc island district, including correspondents from the China Central Television (CCTV) and Reuters.

In a meeting with a team from Hong Kong 's I.cable News Ltd earlier on March 10, Colonel Dau Khai Hoan, Political Director of Naval Zone 5 affirmed that naval ships are continuing their search but there has been no new finding so far.

Meanwhile, security has been tightened at the country's largest airport Tan Son Nhat in HCM City. As from March 8 night, additional checking measures have been applied at both entry and departure gates, especially those for overseas flights. — VNA/VNS

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