Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 may have sunk in Sea, says Indonesia

Jakarta, Dec 29: The AirAsia plane that went missing with 162 people on board en route for Singapore from Indonesia is likely at the bottom of the sea, Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency chief said on Monday.

The officer confirmed the plane crash and said that the missing flight might have sunk into the Java sea. "Based on the coordinates given to us and evaluation that the estimated crash position is in the sea, the hypothesis is the plane is at the bottom of the sea," Bambang Soelistyo told a press conference.

"That is the preliminary suspicion and it can develop based on the evaluation of the result of our search."
Soelistyo said that Indonesia did not have the tools, such as submersible vehicles, required to retrieve the plane from the seabed, but that it is reaching out to other countries for help if necessary.

"Due to the lack of technology that we have, I have coordinated with our foreign minister so we will borrow from other countries which have offered. They are the UK, France and US," he said.

Refusing to compare the missing AirAsia plane with Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Australian PM Tony Abbott said that the latter continues to be one of the greatest mysteries whereas there was "no particular mystery" apparent in the case of AirAsia plane.

"I think it would be a big mistake to equate what has happened here with MH370...MH370, as things stand, is one of the great mysteries of our time. It does not appear that there`s any particular mystery here." the AFP cited Abbott telling Sydney radio station 2GB.

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