Search teams have found eight bodies of the crew of a Coast Guard plane that crashed off Vietnam's central coast two weeks ago, an army general said Tuesday.
Sen. Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Vietnamese army, said all efforts now focus on looking for the body of the last crew member of the Airbus CASA 212.
The plane went down on Jun. 16 in the Tonkin Gulf while looking for a pilot of a fighter aircraft that had crashed two days earlier. The defense ministry believes the plane was flying at low altitude when it crashed due to bad weather.
A search boat retrieves a wreckage of the crashed Coast Guard plane in the Tonkin Gulf. Photo provided by Vietnam Coast Guard.
The black boxes of the plane were retrieved on Monday, about 26 nautical miles southeast of Bach Long Vi island.
Airbus has offered technical assistance in investigating the cause of the crash, the Vietnamese transport ministry said on June 22.
Vietnam bought three CASA 212 planes for its Coast Guard from Airbus Military in Spain between 2012 and 2013, and will reportedly buy some more this year.