A Malaysia Airlines plane en route to China that
went missing on Saturday morning with 239 people on
board was found crashing off Vietnam’s southern
island, a senior navy official has confirmed.
Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted Rear Admiral Ngo
Van Phat, political commissar of the Fifth Naval
Region as saying that they detected the ill-fated
airplane some 153 nautical miles (300 kilometers)
from Tho Chu Island. The island is located 55
nautical miles (102 km) southwest of the famous
resort island of Phu Quoc.
The sea water is located between Vietnam and
Phat said Vietnamese officials are ready for a
rescue mission once they receive orders from related
"There are no Vietnamese navy boats in that area
at the moment, so we have to ask boats from Phu
Quoc island to be prepared for rescue," Admiral
Ngo Van Phat told Tuoi Tre.
According to Malaysia Airlines’ statement, air
traffic controllers lost contact with the Boeing
B777-200 aircraft (flight MH 370) more than two
hours after it departed.
The plane departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:21 a.m.
Saturday (1621 GMT Friday) and was scheduled for
landing in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. (2230 GMT) the same
Chinese news agency Xinhua reported the plane’s
radar contact was lost when it was in the Vietnamese
However, Lai Xuan Thanh, head of the Civil Aviation
Administration of Vietnam, told Thanh Nien that the
plane was supposed to be present in Ho Chi Minh
City’s flight information region (FIR) at 12:21 a.m.
Saturday (1721 GMT Friday).
But, at the time Vietnam could not contact with the
aircraft, he said.
The airplane was carrying 227 passengers with 14
nationalities and 12 crew members, including 152