Sunday, 02 April 2023
AirAsia QZ8504: 'Debris' seen by Indonesia search teams

AirAsia QZ8504: 'Debris' seen by Indonesia search teams

Indonesian officials say search teams have spotted debris at sea in the hunt for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

Several objects were seen floating in the Java Sea off the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, in one of the search zones for the plane.

Indonesian officials said the find was the most significant so far in the search.

The Airbus A320-200, carrying 162 people from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, disappeared on Sunday.

The search operation is now in its third day, with the area widened to cover 13 zones over land and sea.

Indonesian Search and Rescue spokesman Yusuf Latif told the Associated Press news agency that aircraft had been dispatched to pick up the debris for checking.

"This is the most significant thing, but we cannot confirm anything until the investigation is completed," he said.

At least 30 ships, 15 aircraft and seven helicopters joined the operation when it resumed at 06:00 local time on Tuesday (23:00 GMT Monday).

(BBC News)

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