HO CHI MINH, Vietnam – Vietnamese authorities have reportedly found two pieces of objects off Vietnam coast which may have been part of the debris from the missing Malaysian plane flight MH370.
A senior Vietnamese official from the National Committee for Search and Rescue revealed the objects, although not yet confirmed officially, looks like parts of an aircraft and has yet to be fished out from the sea.
“We received information from a Vietnamese plane saying that they found two broken objects, which seem like those of an aircraft, located about 50 miles to the southwest of Tho Chu Island,” said the official who requested anonymity.
“As it is night, they cannot fish them out for proper identification. They have located the position of the areas and flown back to the land,” he added.
The official also said boat patrols and search teams will be sent Monday to the area to scout and make further investigation.
If positively identified as part of the missing plane wreck, it will be the first indication of discovering traces of MH370 that mysteriously disappeared in mid-air without a distress call on Saturday morning hours after taking off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport for Beijing.
The 11-year old Boeing 777-200, who was still climbing to an altitude of 35,000 when it suddenly vanished from radar tracking records , reportedly carries 227 passengers and 12 crews.
The hunt for the missing plane continuous more than 48 hours since its disappearance with collective efforts from neighboring Asian countries – Singapore, the Philippines, China, Vietnam – and the United States.
Plane could have disintegrated in mid-air
Meanwhile, an unidentified source who is involved in the Malaysian investigation put forward the possibility that MH370 could have disintegrated in the sky while cruising.
“The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet,” said the source who asked not to be named.
According to the source, if the aircraft plunged in one piece from its cruising altitude, and broke up only after impact with water, search would have already found a fairly concentrated pattern of debris.
As to the possibility of a bomb explosion, he said there is no evidence yet to suggest such a scenario and the plane could have disintegrated only due to mechanical failure.
Several theories were being considered by the investigating team and the Interpol, such as a possible link to terrorism after two passengers on-board the missing plane were reported to have used stolen passports of two Europeans – Austrian Christian Kozel and Italian Luigi Maraldi.
Both men, whose name appeared on the flight’s passenger manifest but were found somewhere else, have claimed to have their passports stolen in Thailand more than a year ago.
“Whilst it is too soon to speculate about any connection between these stolen passports and the missing plane, it is clearly of great concern that any passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen passport listed in Interpol’s databases,” Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said in a statement.
Besides Kozel and Maraldi, Malaysian authorities has revealed identifications of two more passengers are also being investigated.
They maintained, however, terrorism is just one of the many possibilities being looked into.
“We are looking at all possibilities,” Malaysian Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said. “We cannot jump the gun. Our focus now is to find the plane.”