Vietnam Officials Report Spotting Debris from Malaysia Flight
Vietnamese officials said they had located debris in the Gulf of Thailand from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing with 239 people on board.
The Vietnamese ministry of information and communication reported on its website that the items were believed to be a composite inner door and a piece of the plane’s tail. They were spotted approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) south-southwest of Tho Chu Island.
The report said that the aircraft was not able to land near the objects to investigate further due to dark conditions but that the investigation would continue Monday morning.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing early Saturday en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, triggering a search in the region that has been focused on the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea by the United States, Malaysia, Vietnam, and China.
The revelation that two passengers were travelling on stolen Austrian and Italian passports in addition to the fact that five passengers who had checked in with baggage failed to board the plane has led to speculation about possible terrorist activity.
(Photo: Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications)