Malaysian and Vietnamese search and rescue teams could struggle to locate a lost Malaysia Airlines 777-200 during the night.
This location is roughly 200km between the two landmasses.
Kuala Lumpur has confirmed that Airbus Helicopters EC725s and Lockheed Martin C-130 aircraft have been tasked for the search. Malaysia could also call on its four Beechcraft King Air 200 maritime patrol aircraft.
Of these assets, Malaysia’s 12 EC725s are best suited to for searching the ocean at night. Airbus Helicopters' website lists the type’s endurance at 6.3h, and its range 723nm (1,340km), which should give it 2-3h of search time over the area around the 777's last position.
Equipped for combat search and rescue
Vietnam should also be able to make a meaningful contribution to the search effort. Flightglobal's MiliCAS database records its air force as operating a single Antonov An-28 maritime patrol aircraft, and four Beriev Be-12 seaplanes tasked for search and rescue.
Hanoi’s navy has three or more Viking Air
Given the large size of both Vietnam and Malaysia, it is not clear how quickly these various assets will be able to converge on the search location. Moreover, the two countries are not known for close-knit military ties, which could slow the establishment of a systematic search operation.
Flight 370 lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control in Malaysia around
The 777-200, bearing registration 9M-