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Vietnamese search plane missing with 9 people aboard

The wreckage of a maritime patrol aircraft that went missing is seen on a maritime police vessel off the coast of northern port city of Hai Phong, Vietnam, Friday, June 17, 2016.  Vietnamese rescuers have found some pieces belonging to a search plane that went missing with nine people aboard while attempting to locate a pilot from a crashed fighter jet, the military said Friday. (Hong Pha/Vietnam News Agency via AP)

The wreckage of a maritime patrol aircraft that went missing is seen on a maritime police vessel off the coast of northern port city of Hai Phong, Vietnam, Friday, June 17, 2016. Vietnamese rescuers have found some pieces belonging to a search plane that went missing with nine people aboard while attempting to locate a pilot from a crashed fighter jet, the military said Friday. (Hong Pha/Vietnam News Agency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Vietnamese state media say a search plane carrying nine people has gone missing while attempting to locate a pilot from a crashed fighter jet.

The Thanh Nien newspaper said the maritime patrol aircraft lost contact Thursday afternoon about 44 nautical miles (81 kilometers) southwest of Bach Long Vi island, off the coast of the northern port city of Haiphong.

It quoted local official Do Duc Hoa as saying that vessels have been sent to the area where the search plane lost contact, but were hampered by strong winds and high waves.

The nine people on board are among 1,500 personnel sent to search for the pilot, whose Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 MK2 jet fighter crashed Tuesday on a training flight. One other pilot from the jet was rescued Wednesday.