13 March 2014
By Jethro Mullen and Elizabeth Joseph, CNN
(CNN) — Vietnamese searchers reported seeing no sign of debris Thursday when they flew over an area of sea that Chinese authorities had flagged as the location of possible remnants of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
The news appeared to dash the latest hope of finding a lead in the baffling disappearance of the Malaysian plane, which vanished early Saturday while flying over Southeast Asia.
The mystery over the fate of the passenger jet and the 239 people it was carrying has so far left government officials and aviation experts flummoxed.
The search for the plane — frustrating and fruitless so far — entered its sixth day Thursday.
A plane from Vietnam’s National Committee for Search and Rescue carried out a flight Thursday morning over the area identified by Chinese satellite imagery, said Doan Luu Van, International Affairs Coordinator with the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam. He said the committee would send another scouting mission “early this afternoon” to the same location.
China’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said satellite images showed “three suspected floating objects” that it described as “a suspected crash site.”
The images were captured around 11 a.m. on March 9, the day after the plane went missing, but weren’t released until Wednesday.