HANOI: Vietnam has decided to end the search mission for MH370, a senior military officer said at Vietnam’s National Committee for Search and Rescue.
Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of the General Staff of Vietnam People’s Army, told reporters that the decision was made after Vietnam had received information from Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia Nguyen Hong Thao yesterday afternoon that Malaysia has decided to end the search in the South China Sea.
Meanwhile, Indian navy ships supported by long-range surveillance planes and helicopters scoured Andaman Sea islands for a third day yesterday without any success in finding evidence of the missing jet, officials said.
Nearly a dozen ships, patrol vessels, surveillance aircraft and helicopters have been deployed, but “we have got nothing so far”, said V.S.R. Murthy, an Indian coast guard official.
The Indian navy’s coordinated search has so far covered more than 250,000sq km in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal “without any sighting or detection”, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
The search has been expanded to the central and eastern sides of the Bay of Bengal, the ministry said.
India intensified the search yesterday by deploying two recently acquired P8i long-range maritime patrol and one C 130J Hercules aircraft to the region. — Agencies