The search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 enters a fifth day on Wednesday with Vietnam saying it is scaling down its operations. Paul Chapman reports.
REPORTER: The mystery of what's happened to Malaysian Airlines missing plane deepens with every passing day. As the hunt entered its fifth day on Wednesday there was still no hint of where flight MH370 may have gone or why. The Boeing 777-200 vanished on Saturday with 239 passengers and crew on board representing some 14 nationalities. John Brennan, director of the CIA in the United States, says nothing can be ruled out at this stage.
CIA DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN SAYING: "I think there is a lot of speculation right now, some claims of responsibility that have not been confirmed or corroborated at all. We're looking at it very carefully." At Kuala Lumpur international airport from where the missing plane took off on Saturday travellers said they were thinking of the relatives of those on board.
PASSENGER, HAIZAM: "It's quite a mystery because the plane suddenly disappeared like that without any trace. At the moment I can say just wait and see."
PASSENGER, JOHAN: "I think the family members need to be strong with regard, you know, while waiting although it's a long wait, but they just have to be strong and hope for the best."
REPORTER: Vietnam said on Wednesday it was scaling back the search for the plane in its waters. Officials said they'd asked Malaysian authorities for more information about reports the aircraft had altered course after its last known contact with controllers.
To scale something down (North American English also scale something back) means to reduce the number, size or extent of something. • We are thinking of scaling down our training programmes next year.