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Malaysia thanks countries for help in search for missing plane

(08:24:45 AM 11/03/2014)
( - The Malaysian government expressed Sunday their great appreciation for the assistance offered by five nations, including Vietnam, in the ongoing search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.


Passengers queue up at the Malaysia Airlines ticketing booth at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport

in Sepang March 9, 2014. Photo: Reuters

Reuters/Edgar Su


Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman was quoted by a Kuala Lumpur-based correspondent of the official Vietnam News Agency as saying that he had contacted his counterparts in Vietnam, China, Singapore, the Philippines, and the U.S., seeking their assistance.

The minister also expressed thanks to other countries and international organizations for their help in the search for the Boeing 777-200 jet.

Malaysia has set up a national coordination center at the Disaster Control Center in Cyberjaya City, the state of Selangor, to keep updated on the situation, he said.

Malaysian Airlines held a press conference in Beijing on Sunday afternoon, confirming that the carrier made contact with relatives of all passengers aboard flight MH370 and is willing to help them travel to Malaysia if they want to. However, the firm provided no new information regarding the outcome of search efforts, indicating the plane is still missing.

The Malaysia Airlines passenger plane Boeing 777-200 vanished on Saturday while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people onboard, including 227 passengers and 12 crew members. It has been reported to crash 53 nautical miles (275km) off Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island, which is located 85 nautical miles (153km) off Ca Mau, the country’s southernmost province.

Vietnam and other Asian countries have dispatched many ships, choppers, and aircraft to conduct a search and rescue mission around the island. Floating objects and apparent oil slicks have been found near the purported crash site, but neither plane wreckage nor casualties have been confirmed so far.


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