Beijing Offers to Help in search of Missing AirAsia Flight

Beijing Offers to Help in search of Missing AirAsia Flight |

Beijing Offers to Help in search of Missing AirAsia Flight |

JAKARTA – Beijing has offered to send aircraft and ships to help and participate in search and rescue for the missing AirAsia flight, learnt for International media.

“The Chinese side has already said to Indonesia that it is willing to urgently send aircraft and ships to participate in search and rescue, and will provide other aid according to Indonesian needs,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Malaysia has sent three vessels and three aircraft to help the Indonesia-led search operation for QZ8501, according to the country’s Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai.

Indonesia will review the operations of Indonesia AirAsia, the local unit of Malaysia’s AirAsia, after one of its jets carrying 162 people went missing on Sunday, presumed crashed in the Java Sea.

“We will review AirAsia Indonesia to make sure its performance can be better in the future,” Indonesian Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan told reporters on Monday.

“Much will be reviewed in terms of its business operations and in terms of air transportation business, so that there are safety improvements.”

Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency chief said the missing AirAsia jetliner is now most likely at the bottom of the sea.

“The last coordinates were in the sea so it is likely it is on the sea floor,” Chief Marshal Bambang Soelistyo told a press conference at Soekarno Hatta Airport in Jakarta.

A sonar system that can detect to a depth of up to 2,000 meters below water is being used in the search, he said.

AirAsia shares fell 11.6 percent after flight QZ8501 went missing on Sunday, International media reported.

The Malaysia-based budget airline saw its shares plummet as much as 12.9 percent, to 2.56 ringgit, at 01:02 GMT on Monday. According to Reuters, this is the lowest point for AirAsia since November 28; its stock has gained 21.4 percent since the beginning of 2014.

Former pilot and aircraft safety controller Desmond Ross told RT that a pilot’s error may be to blame in the situation with AirAsia flight QZ8501, as crews are trained to avoid areas of turbulence in advance.

“You don’t do that [fly into areas of extreme turbulence] unless you absolutely have to, you avoid bad weather – not only because of stress on the aircraft, but also for the comfort of the passengers. So whenever it’s possible, you go around such storms,” Ross said, adding that it is unclear to him why the AirAsia pilots ended up in that situation.

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