|Pilots control a CASA 212 multitasking military aircraft. — Photo nld.com.vn
PHU QUOC — Viet Nam has not yet received any official information from Malaysia on a report that the Malaysian army has tracked signals of the lost plane over the Strait of Malacca, far from where it last contacted with the civilian air traffic control.
Regarding the official information, all the search and rescue work will continue, said deputy chief of the Office of the National Committee for Search and Rescue Col. Vu The Chien.
By 5pm on March 11, Vietnam had deployed nine aircraft, including three AN 26, three MI 171, two CASA and one DHC 6 seaplane that made 13 flights. Nine vessels of various kinds are continuing their hunt and expanding the search to the northwest of the last-known location.
Involved countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, China, the US and Thailand haddispatched 14 planes and 22 vessels to the hunt.
Security officials are intensifying their checks inside and around the Hanoi-based Noi Bai international airport, so as to ensure safety and order at the country's major border gate.
Vietnamese earth-observing satellite, VNRedSat-1, has not yet detected any unusual images in the south-west of Tho Chu Island where the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 is suspected to have gone missing.
Chu Xuan Huy from the Centre for Control and Exploitation of small satellite under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) furnished the information on March 12, after analysing 16 photographs sent from the satellite during the early hours of the day.
"Tomorrow [March 13], VNRedSat-1 will traverse the suspected area at 11a.m. and will continue to capture images of the surrounding zone, particularly in the southeast of the island," he noted. — VNS