Vietnam offers assistance to find missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501

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 Family members of passengers from missing Malaysian air carrier Air Asia flight QZ8501 gather at the airport in Surabaya, East Java, on December 28, as they await news of their relatives. Photo credit: AFP Family members of passengers from missing Malaysian air carrier Air Asia flight QZ8501 gather at the airport in Surabaya, East Java, on December 28, as they await news of their relatives. Photo credit: AFP

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Vietnam has offered to help Indonesia in the search and rescue mission for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has contacted his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi since the plane vanished between Indonesia and its destination, Singapore.
Vietnam is "willing to support searching efforts for the aircraft if being requested,” Minh said during their talks.
He deeply shared with the concerns of relatives of the passengers on the missing Airbus 320-200 plane.
On Monday, Indonesia resumed at dawn the search for the plane that was suspended late Sunday due to bad weather, AFP quoted Tatang Zainuddin, deputy operations chief of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency, as saying.
The Flight QZ8501 disappeared en route from Surabaya in Indonesia's east Java to Singapore after the crew requested a change of flight plan due to stormy weather, in the third crisis for a Malaysian carrier this year.
Air traffic controllers lost contact with the twin-engine aircraft around an hour after it left Surabaya's Juanda international airport at about 5:20 am (22:20 GMT Saturday), AFP reported.
AirAsia said 155 of those on board Flight QZ8501 were Indonesians, with three South Koreans and one person each from Singapore, Malaysia, Britain and France.

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