Updated: 03/14/2014 17:17 | By Agence France-Presse

Vietnam downgrades jet search from 'emergency to regular'

Vietnam has downgraded its search for a missing Malaysian airliner from "emergency to regular," an official said Friday, as the hunt shifted to the Indian Ocean and away from the South China Sea where it last made contact.


Vietnam downgrades jet search from 'emergency to regular'

Vietnamese Air Force officials look for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 during search operations over the South China Sea, on March 9, 2014 - by Hoang Dinh Nam

Vietnam deployed three search planes on Friday, down from five on Thursday, according to search and rescue committee spokesman Nguyen Ngoc Son.

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