From Vietnam: Photos of oil slick in alleged Malaysia Airlines plane crash
A Tuoi Tre reporter took Sunday some photos of an oil slick about 80km long, found around 150km off Vietnam’s Ca Mau southernmost province where a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 people allegedly crashed a day before.
The miles-long oil slick was pictured from an altitude of 2,000 meters from a Vietnamese AN26 aircraft.
The photos show several sections of the oil slick are cut into parts.
Senior lieutenant colonel Hoang Van Phong, the AN26’s pilot, said the color of the oil slick has faded and it could disappear in the next couple of days under wind influences.
“It has been the first and sole possible signal of the missing airplane so far,” Phong said.
Contact with the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 aircraft was lost at around 1:30 am Malaysian time on Saturday (1730 GMT Friday), about an hour after its take-off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, AFPciting the Malaysian authorities as saying.
A Vietnamese Navy official said the same day that the aircraft might have crashed at a site about 153 nautical miles (275km) off Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island, located 85 nautical miles (153km) off Ca Mau.
The plane was carrying 239 people, including 227 passengers and 12 crew members, to Beijing where it was scheduled to land at 6:30 am local time (2230 GMT Friday).