Vietnam has changed its activity level in the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from emergency to regular, Lieut. Colonel Nguyen Ngoc Son, from the National Committee for Search and Rescue, said on March 14.

According to the official, the country will continue searching for the jetliner, furthering east and southeast of its scheduled route.

He also confirmed that Malaysia has yet to ask Vietnam to dispatch personnel or equipment to join search efforts outside of its territory, although the Malaysian military attaché had studied the country’s capacity to conduct search operations in the Strait of Malacca.

The committee will report the incident to the Government for consideration when it receives any official request from the Malaysian side, Son said.

Vietnam on March 14 mobilised three planes , including two AN26 and one CASA, and seven vessels – SAR 413, CSB 2002, CSB 2003, HQ 954, HQ 637 and KN 774 - for the hunt.

No traces of the lost Boeing 777-200 aircraft have been found after six days of a massive search involving a dozen countries, including Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and China.

Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, went missing in the early hours of March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.-VNA