“At the moment, there are no Vietnamese navy boats in that area so we have to ask boats from Phu Quoc island to be prepared for rescue," Admiral Ngo Van Phat said.
Tho Chu and Phu Quoc lie to the southwest of southern Vietnam.

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It was not immediately clear how the Admiral knew where the plane had crashed or whether wreckage had been spotted.

The plane had last contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, the Malaysian Airlines said.


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