Hordes of domestic and foreign reporters have flocked to Phu Quoc island district, the southern province of Kien Giang where a command office will be set up soon to coordinate the search for the missing Malaysia jet.

They included correspondents from the China Central Television (CCTV) and Reuters.

In a meeting with a team from Hong Kong’s I.cable News Ltd on March 10, Colonel Dau Khai Hoan, Political Director of Naval Zone 5 affirmed that naval ships are continuing their search but there has been no new finding so far.

Meanwhile, security has been tightened at the country’s largest airport Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City. As from March 8 night, additional checking measures have been applied at both entry and departure gates, especially those for overseas flights.

Director of the airport’s aviation security centre Do Xuan Toan said besides regular screenings of luggage and passengers, security officials also randomly ask about the origin of belongings and recheck 10 percent of goods following screenings. He added that passengers have been cooperative so far.-VNA