JAKARTA – AirAsia flight with over 160 people on board travelling to Singapore from the Indonesian city of Surabaya went missing after losing contact with air traffic control, the company said on Sunday.
An Indonesian Air Force pilot spotted a body floating in the sea, it has emerged.
“As we approached, the body seemed bloated,” said First Lieutenant Tri Wibowo who was on board a Hercules aircraft during the search operation, reported the Kompas.com website.
The sightings were made at around 11.00 Indonesia time, Wibowo said, after searching for around five hours.The suspected remains and debris were seen in the Karimata Strait, west of the Indonesian part of Borneo.
Indonesian TV has shown footage of objects in the water, stating they could possibly be parts of missing AirAsia plane.
The objects are 10km from where the jet was last captured by radar, and resemble a life raft, life jackets and long orange tubes.
This is some of the debris that has been spotted in the Java Sea. Indonesian authorities have confirmed that items resembling an emergency slide and a plane door have been spotted.
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Items resembling an emergency slide and a plane door have been spotted during the search for the missing AirAsia flight, Indonesian authorities have stated.
The location of the debris was found around 10 kilometers away from the last spot the plane was recorded on radar before it went missing.
Earlier, the US State Department has confirmed it is sending a destroyer to the Java Sea, to assist in the search for AirAsia flight QZ8501. The ship may be coming with detection equipment deployed by air, surface, and sub-surface.
“At the request of the government of Indonesia and as directed by US Pacific Command, US Pacific Fleet has authorized US 7th Fleet to position USS Sampson (DDG 102) in the general search area for missing Air Asia Flight QZ8501 to support search operations,” the US Pacific Command said in a statement.
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