Rescuers have found a body this morning during the search for a missing aircraft in Vietnam's East Sea.
They are identifying the body to see if that was one of the nine crew members of the Coast Guard's CASA 212 plane, which crashed into the sea on Jun. 16 during yet another search and rescue mission.
The rescue operation command said they believe the crashed plane is at a depth of 50-60 meters, about 15 nautical miles southeast of Bach Long Vi Island in the Tonkin Gulf.
They located an engine of the plane at a depth of 60 meters in the area this morning.
Lt. Gen Phan Van Giang, the army's Chief of Staff, said divers are trying to recover the engine.
Rescue teams have found debris of the plane after it went missing but have not been able to locate either its black boxes or the crew members.
Vietnam bought three CASA 212 planes for its Coast Guard from Airbus Military in Spain between 2012 and 2013.
Crew members onboard an airplane searching for the missing aircraft in Vietnam's East Sea. Photo: Duy Khanh
Airbus has offered technical assistance in investigating the cause of the crash, the Vietnamese transport ministry said on June 22.
Series of mishaps
The turboprop plane is believed to have crashed into the sea in bad weather when it was searching for a pilot of an Air Force fighter aircraft that went down in the area on Jun. 14.
Both pilots of the Sukhoi Su-330 MK2 managed to eject. One of them was rescue a day after and the body of the other was found on June 17.
Searches are ongoing for both planes at the same time.
The latest incidents follows a series of mishaps that hit Vietnam's military in the past two years.
Two Soviet-era Su-22 fighter aircraft of the Vietnamese air force crashed into the East Sea during a training mission in April 2015. Both pilots died in the crash.
Two earlier crashes, which involved a Russian Mi-171 and US-built UH-1, killed 24 people.