Debris is from AirAsia plane - officials

2014-12-30 09:39
Floating debris is spotted by an Indonesian search and rescue aircraft in the same area as other items being investigated by Indonesian authorities as possible objects from missing AirAsia flight QZ8501. (Bay Ismoyo, AFP)

Floating debris is spotted by an Indonesian search and rescue aircraft in the same area as other items being investigated by Indonesian authorities as possible objects from missing AirAsia flight QZ8501. (Bay Ismoyo, AFP)

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Jakarta - Objects resembling a body, luggage, a life vest and debris suspected to be part of an AirAsia jet that disappeared over the Java Sea were spotted by a pilot involved in the search operation, domestic media reported on Tuesday.

"For the time being it can be confirmed that it's the AirAsia plane and the transport minister will depart soon to Pangkalan Bun," Indonesia's director general of civil aviation told AFP.

"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.

An Airbus AIR.PA A320-200 carrying 162 people and operated by Indonesia AirAsia disappeared in poor weather on Sunday morning during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.

Read more on:    airasia  |  malaysia  |  indonesia  |  air crashes  |  aviation  |  airasia qz8501

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