HANOI, March 8 A missing Malaysia Airlines
plane carrying 239 people "could have" crashed into
Malaysian maritime territory, based on calculations provided by
Malaysian rescue authorities, a Vietnam navy officer said on
Admiral Ngo Van Phat told Reuters the plane may have crashed
in Malaysian waters, 153 miles off the coast of Vietnam's Tho
Chu island, according to its speed and last known location.
The admiral denied earlier reports in Vietnamese state media
quoting him as saying the plane had actually crashed.
Tho Chu lies to the southwest of southern Vietnam and Phu
Quoc Island, a popular tourist destination.
"Thai and Malaysian rescue teams would be better placed to
conduct a rescue but Vietnamese navy boats in Phu Quoc island
are ready to support any mission if requested," Phat told
Reuters by telephone.
(Reporting by Nguyen Phuong Linh; Writing by Martin Petty;
Editing by Nick Macfie)