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Search for the missing jet expanded to west of Con Dao Island

(10:12:04 AM 11/03/2014)
(Tinmoitruong.vn) - Today, March 11, the rescue forces have expanded the search area to 20,000 km2. Vietnam Air Force has mobilized the most modern patrol aircraft – Casa 212 – for the mission.

 

 

 

An aircraft of Vietnam participating in the search

 

Major General Do Minh Tuan, Deputy Commander of the Vietnam Air Defense - Air Force, said in the morning of March 11, the Air Force would expand the scope of the search to the west of Con Dao Island.

Yesterday afternoon, two Casa 212 - the most modern patrol aircraft in Vietnam - joined the search, bringing the total number of the Vietnam Air Force’s aircraft to 12.

Rescuers from Regiment 917 of the Air Defense and Air Force were present at the Ca Mau Airport from 5am this morning for a meeting to discuss the searching plans. It is expected that General Pham Van Tra, former defense minister will be present on one of two MI helicopters.

It is said that today the helicopters will fly to the Ca Mau Shoals and the west of Con Dao Island. The force will be divided into two groups and the search will be expanded on 20,000 km2.

On March 10, Vietnam mobilized many special aircraft and naval vessels to search for the missing jet but nothing was found.

A Singaporean aircraft detected an object that was said to be plane debris. Upon receiving the information, Vietnam sent ships to the site to salvage the object but it is not related to the Malaysian aircraft.

At noon the same day, an aircraft of the Vietnam Marine Police detected a square-shaped object in orange color 177 km to the southwest of Tho Chu Island (Kien Giang province). It was thought to be a lifebuoy. Early afternoon, a Malaysian aircraft also detected an object in orange color about 140km southwest from Tho Chu island.

At 3pm, a Vietnamese ship salvaged the object but it was identified as the moss cover of a cable roll.

Late afternoon, a Hong Kong commercial aircraft informed of debris near the coast of Vung Tau. Vietnamese vehicles in collaboration with fishing ships searched the area. However, Deputy Minister of Transport Pham Quy Tieu said in a press conference last night that the missing aircraft could not fly to that area.

Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of Vietnam People’s Army said Vietnam is trying at its best to search for the missing jet.

Vietnam has licensed aircraft and ships of four countries to enter the waters of Vietnam to search for the missing plane, including: Malaysia, Singapore, the U.S. and China, with a total of 34 aircraft, 40 ships of all kinds, regardless of fishing vessels.

Last night seven Vietnamese ships kept searching for the missing plane.

 

Source: Vietnamnet
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