A search plane has sighted two oil slicks about 80 nautical miles to the south of Tho Chu Island offshore Kien Giang province of Vietnam, where a Malaysian passenger plane went missing on March 8.

At about 8:30 hr on March 9, five Vietnamese vessels comprising two naval ships and three of the marine police have arrived at the site.

The information was released by Colonel Pham Truong Son, Vice Commander and Chief of the General Staff of Division 370 of the Air and Air Defence Force, who said that the oil slicks were discovered by Aircraft 286 at 16:10 hr on March 8 during a search mission.

The colonel said his division has deployed both air and marine teams to search for the plane, which went missing when flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.-VNA