Search Expands for Missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 … Likely at ‘Bottom of the Sea’


The search for AirAsia Fkight QZ8501 that went missing Sunday with 162 on board continues. However, some fear that the plane is at the “bottom of the sea”.


The search for a missing airliner with 162 people aboard will expand Tuesday, the Indonesian government announced.

Four additional areas will be searched, the national search and rescue agency said.

Seven zones were patrolled Monday, the second day of searching for AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

So far, the search has been fruitless.

“Our early conjecture is that the plane is in the bottom of the sea,” said Bambang Sulistyo, the head of the search and rescue agency. That belief is based on the plane’s flight track and last known coordinates.

Officials may need help from other countries for an underwater search, he said.

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    4 Responses to “Search Expands for Missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 … Likely at ‘Bottom of the Sea’”

    1. Tamikosmom on December 29th, 2014 11:24 am


      Objects spotted in search for missing AirAsia flight as hope fades for passengers
      Published December 29, 2014

      The search for missing AirAsia Flight 8501 may have received a boost Monday after an Indonesian official said that Australian planes had spotted objects in the Java Sea search area.

      Jakarta’s Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto told the Associated Press that he was informed Monday that an Orion aircraft had detected “suspicious” objects near Nangka island, about 100 miles southwest of Pangkalan Bun, near central Kalimantan, or 700 miles from the location where the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers early Sunday. ….

    2. Tamikosmom on December 29th, 2014 11:28 am


      Objects spotted in search for missing AirAsia flight as hope fades for passengers
      Published December 29, 2014

      Air Force spokesman Rear Marshal Hadi Tjahnanto told Indonesia’s MetroTV that an Indonesian helicopter in the eastern part of Belitung island spotted two oily spots on the sea about 105 nautical miles east of Tanjung Pandan — much closer to the point of last contact. He said samples of the oil would be collected and analyzed to see if they are connected to the missing plane.

    3. Tamikosmom on December 29th, 2014 1:15 pm


      Oil slicks tested, search expands for missing AirAsia jet
      Published December 29, 2014

      The Airbus 320 jet– carrying 162 aboard—vanished Sunday morning in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.

      It disappeared from radar after the crew asked air traffic control if they could increase altitude, possibly to avoid turbulence caused by bad weather.

      But their request could not be immediately granted because six other commercial airliners were crowding the surrounding airspace, forcing the plane to remain at a lower altitude, air traffic control director Bambang Tjahjono said Monday.

      Sarjono Joni, a former pilot with a state-run Indonesian carrier, said the usual course of action when planes run into rough weather is to veer either left or right. A REQUEST TO CLIMB WOULD BE COMMON IF THE PLANE WAS EXPERIENCING HEAVY TURBULENCE or otherwise causing serious passenger discomfort, Joni said. …

    4. Tamikosmom on December 29th, 2014 7:17 pm


      AirAsia Flight 8501: US destroyer to join search operation
      Published December 29, 2014

      A U.S. destroyer headed to the Java Sea on Tuesday to join the search for the AirAsia jet that vanished during a flight from Indonesia to Singapore over the weekend.

      The 7th Fleet said the USS Sampson, which was already on an independent deployment in the Western Pacific, would be at the scene later Tuesday, Fox News confirmed. ….

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