HANOI, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam already has sent aircraft and marine rescue vessels to search for the missing Malaysian plane, Pham Hien, director of Vietnam's Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) Zone 3, told Xinhua on Saturday afternoon.
The MRCC Zone 3, based in southern Vung Tau city, has deployed a specialized rescue ship SAR 413 to the waters off Vietnam where the plane was feared to have crashed to help search for the plane, Hien told Xinhua on phone.
Meanwhile, one AN 26 aircraft has left the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in southern Ho Chi Minh city to join the search and rescue work, Vietnamese state-run news agency quoted the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense as saying.
Helicopters and marine police vessels are also ready to join the work as soon as the plane is located.
Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200 with 239 passengers aboard, took off from Kuala Lumpur at 00:41 a.m. local time Saturday and was due to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. The aircraft reportedly lost contact at around 2:40 a.m. over the waters between Vietnam and Malaysia.
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Chinese leaders urge Malaysia flight emergency response
BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese PresidentXi Jinpingand PremierLi Keqiangon Saturday urged emergency measures over the missing Malaysian flight bound for Beijing with more than 150 Chinese nationals on board.
Xi ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Chinese embassies and consulates to strengthen contact with departments of relevant countries and pay close attention to the search and rescue work for the plane, which lost contact with traffic controllers at 1:20 a.m. on Saturday. Full story
No news from Malaysia Airlines draws anger
BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- No updates from the long-awaited Malaysia Airlines press conference in Beijing on Saturday afternoon has irritated those anxious families and friends of the passengers.
According to the spokesperson at the conference, a total of 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew were on board and they are still working to locate the jet.Full story
No signs of crash for Malaysian flight found: transport official
KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian transport authorities said that no signs had been found that a Malaysia Airlines flight, carrying 239 passengers and crew had crashed, Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said here Saturday.
He said no sign of any plane wreckage was found and denied earlier media reports that the plane had crashed south of an island off Vietnam. Full story
China launches emergency mechanism after Malaysian flight carrying 160 Chinese lost contact
BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- China has launched an emergency mechanism after a flight carrying some 160 Chinese lost contact with air controllers earlier Saturday.
"We are very worried after learning the news. We are trying to get in touch with relevant parties to check it out," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a written statement on Saturday morning.Full Story
Malaysian passenger plane with 239 people aboard loses contact with air traffic control, including 160 Chinese nationals
KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 (Xinhua) -- A Malaysian passenger plane carrying 239 people, including 227 passengers and 12 crew members, has lost contact with air traffic control after leaving Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, the carrier said Saturday.
Malaysia Airlines said flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200, lost touch with Subang Air Traffic Control around 02:40 a.m. local time Saturday morning (1840 GMT Friday).Full Story