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TNI deploys warships, planes to find missing AirAsia flight

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 28, 2014   /  05:48 pm

Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Moeldoko said on Sunday that the TNI had deployed several vessels and aircraft to search for the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 that had lost radar contact at 6:17 a.m., carrying 162 people on board.

Moeldoko said the Air Force had deployed Boeing and Hercules aerial surveillance aircraft as well as a CN335 and a helicopter while the Navy had sent four warships to scour the area where the aircraft's last coordinates were known.

"We're still trying to find the plane. From the information that we've received, we still can'€™t determine the cause of the plane's disappearance and its exact location," he said.

The AirAsia flight was heading to Singapore from Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya in East Java when it lost contact with air traffic control around an hour into the flight.

Several officials have suggested that the plane's last coordinates were located close to Bangka Belitung province. (ren)

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