Vietnam has lost contact with a CASA maritime reconnaissance aircraft of the Vietnam Coast Guard with nine people on board in the waters off the coast of the northern city of Hai Phong this noon when it was out searching for the missing Su30-MK2 fighter pilot Tran Quang Khai.
Vietnam currently has 3 CASA-212-40 planes in operation which are produced by Airbus.
Hai Phong Border guard forces have not been able to approach the area where the CASA went missing due to big waves and darkness at sea. But they are determined to work overnight.
Statistics from the National Committee for Search and Rescue showed that nearly 2,700 people with 14 airplanes and 183 vessels from both military and civilian forces are searching for the two missing aircraft.