Vietnam planes find no debris near China spotting: officials

Agence France-Presse
Vietnamese planes find nothing near the site where Chinese satellites spotted floating objects in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

NO DEBRIS. A Vietnamese military official uses a binocular to look out the window inside a flying Soviet-made AN-26 of the Vietnam Air Force during search and rescue (SAR) operations for a missing Malaysian Airlines flight, off Vietnam's sea, 13 March 2014. Luong Thai Linh/EPA

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – Search planes have found no trace of a missing Malaysian airliner near the site where  Chinese satellites spotted floating objects, officials said Thursday, March 13.

Two Vietnamese aircraft sent to inspect areas nearby “have returned and we found nothing so far”, Civil Aviation Authority deputy director Dinh Viet Thang told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) on the sixth day of the hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

A Malaysian plane dispatched to the area also saw nothing as of early afternoon Thursday, according to the Malaysian air force’s director-general of operations, Affendi Buang.

“Nil sighting,” he said in a text message to AFP.

The Chinese satellite images provided a new lead in the search for the Boeing 777, which vanished on Saturday with 239 people on board during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The search has suffered several false alarms over suspected debris. –

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