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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Vietnam confirms floating object not plane life raft

Published on Mar 10, 2014 5:18 PM
 
A Vietnamese Air Force helicopter (L) taxies past a Russian MI171 helicopter as it prepares to take off from Ca Mau airport to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 10, 2014. A Vietnamese rescue helicopter has retrieved a floating yellow object from the sea and determined it was not a life raft from a missing Malaysian plane, as was earlier suspected, the country's civil aviation authority said on Monday, March 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

HANOI (REUTERS) - A Vietnamese rescue helicopter has retrieved a floating yellow object from the sea and determined it was not a life raft from a missing Malaysian plane, as was earlier suspected, the country's civil aviation authority said on Monday.

"It has salvaged the object, at the notice and request by Malaysia's rescue centre, 130 km south-west of Tho Chu island. The object has been identified as a moss-covered cap of a cable reel," the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said on its website.

It did not specify whether or not the object was part of a plane but said photographs would be sent to its command centre.

Vietnam scrambled two helicopters from southern Phu Quoc island on Monday afternoon to retrieve the item spotted earlier by a search plane.

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