AirAsia QZ8501: Debris And Body Seen By Indonesia Search Teams

The debris is said to be different to other objects spotted during the search.

The debris is said to be different to other objects spotted during the search.

The debris is said to be different to other objects spotted during the search.

Search teams have spotted debris at the sea in the hunt for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, Indonesia officials say. Several objects and a body were seen floating in the Java Sea off the Indonesian part of Borneo, in one of the search zones for the plane. An Indonesian official said the debris was 95% likely to be from the missing aircraft. The Airbus A320-200, carrying 162 people from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, disappeared on Sunday. The search operation is now in its third day, with the area widened to cover 13 zones over land and sea. During a news conference, by the head of the operation, shown live on Indonesian TV, pictures of the debris were shown including a body floating on the water.


Search operation head Bambang Soelistyo said he was 95% certain the objects shown were from the plane, adding that a shadow was spotted under water which appeared to be in the shape of a plane. All resources were now being sent to the area where the debris was found, and all objects or bodies found would be taken to  Pangkalan Bun, he said, referring to a nearby town in central Kalimantan province. Mr Soelistyo added that ships with more sophisticated technology were being deployed to check wether large parts of the plane were submerged beneath the debris. At least 30 ships, 15 aircrafts and seven helicopters joined the operation when it resumed at 06:00 local time on Tuesday (23:00 GMT Monday). The operation, led by Indonesia, includes assistance from Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, with other offers of help from South Korea, Thailand, China and France. The US destroyer USS Sampson is on its way to the zone. On board the plane were 137 adult passengers, 17 children and one infant along with two pilots and five crew. The plane left Surabaya at 05:35 Jakarta time on Sunday and had been due to arrive Singapore two hours later. Safety officials say the captain had asked for permission to take the plane higher but, by the time permission was granted, communication with the plane was lost. It was officially declared missing at 07:55.

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