Object spotted in sea not from AirAsia plane

2014-12-29 12:29
AirAsia Airbus A320-200 passenger jets on the tarmac at low cost terminal KLIA2 in Sepang,  Malaysia. (Vincent Thian, AP)

AirAsia Airbus A320-200 passenger jets on the tarmac at low cost terminal KLIA2 in Sepang, Malaysia. (Vincent Thian, AP)

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Jakarta - An object spotted during a sea search for an AirAsia plane was not from the aircraft, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Monday after reports that an Australian surveillance aircraft had found something.

"It has been checked and no sufficient evidence was found to confirm what was reported," Kalla told a press conference at Surabaya airport from where the ill-fated plane departed.

Australia, Singapore and Malaysia have deployed planes and ships to assist in the Indonesian search for Flight QZ8501, which disappeared over the Java Sea on Sunday en route to Singapore.


AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished on Sunday in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.

On Monday, a rescue official said that given the route of the plane he believed the most likely scenario was that it crashed.

"Based on the co-ordinates that we know, the evaluation would be that any estimated crash position is in the sea, and that the hypothesis is the plane is at the bottom of the sea," National Search and Rescue chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo told a news conference.

The plane's disappearance and suspected crash caps an astonishingly tragic year for air travel in South-east Asia.

The Malaysia-based carrier's loss comes on top of the still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July over Ukraine.

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