Malaysian plane crashed off Vietnam coast: state media

HANOI Sat Mar 8, 2014 1:02am EST

A relative of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries, surrounded by journalists, at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A relative of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries, surrounded by journalists, at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing March 8, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

HANOI (Reuters) - A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew crashed into the sea 153 miles off the coast of Vietnam's Tho Chu island on Saturday, according to a Vietnamese navy officer quoted by state media.

"At the moment there are no Vietnamese navy boats in that area so we have to ask boats from Phu Quoc island to be prepared for rescue," Admiral Ngo Van Phat told the website of Tuoi Tre news.

Tho Chu and Phu Quoc lie to the southwest of southern Vietnam.

The admiral could not be reached by telephone. It was not immediately clear how he knew where the plane had crashed or whether wreckage had been spotted.

The plane last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, the airline said.

(Reporting by Nguyen Phuong Linh; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Comments (3)
hacienda wrote:
vietnamese airspace is now owned by china.

Mar 08, 2014 1:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
Rajramanuj wrote:
May god Bless…Hope Each one of them is alive ……

Mar 08, 2014 1:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
GameTime wrote:
If your country is going to be a part of the international community, with planes and such, then your country needs to foot the bill for search and rescue programs, not sit there and buck-pass with statements like, “…plane was one minute outside Vietnam airspace…” I’m sure the victims were not sitting there saying to themselves as their plane went down, “What airspace are we in?”

Mar 08, 2014 10:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
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