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Vietnam search for Malaysia jet fruitless at site where China satellite detected suspected plane debris: Witness

Thursday, 13 March 2014 - 9:58am IST | Place: Ho Chi Minh City | Agency: Reuters

  • Passengers look at a Vietnamese Coast Guard sea plane (C top), used as search aircraft by the Vietnamese Air Force, as it sits grounded on the tarmac at Phu Quoc airport.

A search by two Vietnamese aircraft responding to information provided by a Chinese satellite has failed to locate objects suspected of being wreckage from a missing Malaysian airliner, a Reuters journalist on board a search plane said on Thursday.

Aircraft repeatedly circled the area over the South China Sea but were unable to detect any objects, said the journalist, who flew aboard a Antonov 26 cargo plane for three hours.

Vietnamese and Malaysian planes were scanning waters where a Chinese government agency website said a satellite had photographed three "suspicious floating objects" on Sunday.

The location was close to where the plane lost contact with air traffic control.

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