A fiancee (C) of a passenger on AirAsia flight QZ8501 speaks to the media at Singapore's Changi Airport on Sunday. (IANS)

Missing AirAsia ‘Likely to be at Bottom of Sea’; More Countries to Join Search

The AirAsia QZ8501 Flight from Indonesia to Singapore, which has disappeared with 162 passengers onboard on Sunday, has crashed and is expected to be at the bottom of the sea, said Bambang Soelistyo, Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency chief.

According to the report from IANS, Soelistyo said on Monday, “We assume the missing jet to be at the bottom of the sea based on the coordinates given to us and our evaluation is that the estimated crash position is in the sea.” He added that the plane crashed in the waters off east Belitung, off the east coast of Sumatra.

However, to discover the vanished plane, Indonesia seeks help from UK, US and France in search technologies that the nation lacks. South Korea and India has also offered help in the search as per reports.

At present, the search operation is assisted by seven ships and two helicopters reportedly. Meanwhile, the search was resumed due to the bad weather, large waves and dense clouds, on Monday.

To help in the search, while Singapore had sent two naval vessels, Malaysia has said that it would send three naval vessels and a C-130. As per reports, the Australian Defence Department said that an Australian P3 Orion surveillance plane has also left Darwin to join the search.

Out of 162 on board, 155 were passengers and seven crew members, in which most of them are said to be Indonesians. During crash, the plane was reportedly at 32,000 feet over Java Sea in Indonesian territory.

Meanwhile, in connection to the missing flight, Indonesia’s transport minister Ignasius Jonan said that the government will review the operations of AirAsia flights in the Southeast Asian country.

He assured, “We will do a ground check as well as a review of AirAsia’s operations in Indonesia to ensure that all of its activities are better in the future.”

However, Soelistyo said, “Based on our coordinates, we predict that the plane is on the sea, for now it could be in the bottom of the sea.”

AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “We have no idea at the moment what went wrong.” He tweeted on his micro blogging site, “This is my worst nightmare.”

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