Missing AirAsia Jet May Be ‘at the Bottom of the Sea’
As the search area widened, the hope that the international search and rescue effort would find survivors from Flight 8501 began to diminish.
The plane, which was carrying 162 people, disappeared amidst storm clouds en route to Singapore from the Indonesian city of Surabaya Sunday morning. It lost contact with air-traffic controllers less than an hour after takeoff. Officials said the pilots had requested to climb to a higher altitude to avoid bad weather.
The search will expand on Tuesday to include the water south of Bangka Island and search and rescue teams will also widen the area being searched in the western part of Borneo, said the head of the National Search and Rescue Agency, Bambang Soelistyo.
Officials are also expanding their use of technology to find the missing plane. “We have coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to borrow a submersible,” said Soelistyo. The government has requested one from several nations, including France, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
No signals have been detected from the plane’s emergency transponders.
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