March, 14 2014 09:05:00

Still no sign of missing airliner

DCA chief Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and MAS CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya at a press conference on MH370 at KLIA in Sepang, on March 13. China has confirmed that the publication of the satellite image allegedly showing possible signs of MH370 in the sea had been sent by accident, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said. — Photo Choo Choy May

PHU QUOC (VNS)— Vietnamese authorities announced on March 14 that they had not yet received any new information about the missing Malaysian aircraft following five days of intensive search operations.

"We are still putting in great effort to search for the missing airliner," Doan Huu Gia, the deputy general director of Viet Nam Air Traffic Management Corporation, informed reporters, many of them from China, at a seven-minute press conference held yesterday.

Two A56 aircraft, a MI17 helicopter, and two Casa planes as well as seven naval vessels were involved in the search operations yesterday, he claimed.

China, Malaysia, Singapore, and Japan also joined the search operations

After receiving information that a Chinese satellite has found some objects suspected to be the fragments of the missing aircraft, Viet Nam, Malaysia, and Singapore have sent their planes and vessels to the suspected area.

Gia declined to comment on reports saying that the Malaysia plane MH370 flew for hours after losing contact with air traffic controllers.

He also refused to comment on the reports that Malaysia is still hiding a lot of information that may slowdown the search operations.

The Malaysian Airlines plane MH370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, was on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and went missing on early March 8. — VNS

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