PH joins search and rescue operation for MH370

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has currently deployed three naval ships and one aircraft to conduct a search operation in certain areas of the West Philippine Sea and Palawan, where the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH-370 is suspected to have crashed.

“The AFP Western Command, under the direction of the Chief of Staff of the AFP, has dispatched an aircraft to conduct search of the southwestern area of Palawan and its surrounding waters in the West Philippine Sea. Likewise, naval vessels have been tasked to join the search,” said Galvez.

Despite nearly 12 hours of continuous search since the plane lost contact with air traffic control during its overnight journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, regional authorities have yet to locate the aircraft. Reportedly, the plane did not emit any distress signal or show any signs of trouble.

“The plane lost contact near Ca Mau province airspace as it was preparing to transfer to Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control,” a statement posted on the official Vietnamese government website said.

The statement further added that the plane’s signal was never successfully transferred to Ho Chi Minh City’s air traffic control. In response to the situation, the ministry initiated a rescue mission to locate the plane, collaborating closely with Malaysian and Chinese officials.

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