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'Suspicious' oil slicks found off Vietnam, official says

Hanoi - Vietnamese search and rescue planes looking for a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet spotted two "suspicious" oil slicks off the country's coast, an official said.

The oil slicks were seen at 5:20 pm (1030 GMT), one 150 kilometres from Tho Chu island and the other 190 kilometres from Ca Mau cape, Pham Quy Tieu, deputy minister of transport, told dpa.

"The oil spills are suspicious but the plane could not reduce height at the time. We are sending rescue ships to the area," he said, adding the rescue planes have returned to base because it is now too dark.

DPA




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