AirAsia flight missing 8501 Unclear whether oil, objects found in sea linked to lost jet

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The weather on Dec 30 and 31 in the Bangka Belitung area where missing AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 last made contact will be clear, Strait Times quoted the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) head, Adi Eka Sakya as saying.

  • “December 30 and 31 will have perfect weather for the search and rescue teams to try and locate the missing aircraft,” Adi told a press conference in Jakarta.
  • Jakarta’s Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto said that an Australian Orion aircraft had detected suspicious objects near Nangka island, about 1,120 kilometres from the location where the plane lost contact, a news agency reported. He however added that they were not “sure whether it is part of the missing AirAsia plane”.
  • As the search vessels and helicopters continue to scour the search area for any possible trace of the missing AirAsia plane, the searchers found two oily spots and some objects in the sea. However, it is not yet clear if they have any link to the missing plane. The two oily spots were spotted by an Indonesian helicopter and some objects were seen by an Australian plane, reported a news agency.
  • “Blessing in disguise” – In what proved to be a life-saving miracle for a family of ten members, they arrived too late and missed the ill-fated AirAsia plane.”Maybe it is all God’s plan that my family and I were not on the flight. It was a blessing in disguise,” the Daily Mail report quoted one of the family members as saying.
  •  In what may be the first clue to the missing plane’s whereabouts, an Indonesian official has said that some objects were spotted in the search area in Java sea by Australian planes.
  • The search for the plane has been expanded northwards off the south coast of Sumatra, reports cited search ops chief as saying.
  • According to a Daily Mail report, Bambang Soelistyo said that the search area had been expanded northwards in the waters between Sumatra and Kalimantan. The search was earlier focused on waters around the islands of Bangka and Belitung in the Java Sea, across from Kalimantan on Borneo island.”We added three sectors to the north of the (four) search areas we had yesterday,” the report quoted him as saying.”We are looking around Bangka, Belitung islands, Singkep, Karimata Strait, as well as the land area west of West Kalimantan.”
  • AirAsia Indonesia CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted that he was heading to Surabaya to be with the grief-stricken families. He also hailed the commitment of the staff in Indonesia saying that they “have been brave, strong, committed and doing 150 percent for all our guests. My pride for them is enormous
  • Keeping positive and staying strong. My heart bleeds for all the relatives of my crew and our passangers. Nothing is more important to us.

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