All nine crew members of a plane that crashed last week off central Vietnam are believed to have perished, the ministry of defense said.
The Airbus CASA 212 aircraft of the Coast Guard went down on Jun. 16 while looking for a pilot of a fighter aircraft that had crashed two days earlier.
Four bodies have been found in the waters where the search plane is believed to have crashed - about 15 nautical miles to the south-southeast of Bach Long Vy Island, 2.7 nautical miles to the west of the Vietnam-China delimitation line in the Gulf of Tonkin.
They are being identified, the ministry said.
A search vessel retrieves wreckage of the Coast Guard CASA 212 plane. Photo provided by the Ministry of Defense
Search teams on Saturday said they have detected signals from a black box of the CASA 212 plane. They said they are trying to recover the black box to find out what caused the crash.
The ministry said on Friday it believes the plane was flying at low altitude when it crashed due to bad weather on Jun. 16.
It was searching for a missing pilot of a Russian Su-30 MK2 fighter jet which crashed two days earlier in the Tonkin Gulf.
His body was found by a fishing boat one day later.
Search teams have found debris of both planes in the area, luding the body, the tail, engine, propeller, technical components and crew members’ personal belongings.