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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: US ship, recon plane to aid plane search

Published on Mar 9, 2014 1:39 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon on Saturday dispatched a naval destroyer and a surveillance plane to aid in the search for a Malaysia Airlines jet that has disappeared in waters off Vietnam.

US military officials said in a statement that the destroyer, the USS Pinckney, is currently en route to the southern coast of Vietnam to help search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The vessel carries two helicopters which can be equipped for search and rescue, the Pentagon said.

The Pinckney already was conducting training and maritime security operations in international waters of the South China Sea, the Pentagon said.

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