AirAsia QZ 8501 Missing A 320 Jet is to believed "at the bottom of the Sea

AirAsia QZ 8501 Missing A 320 Jet is to believed "at the bottom of the Sea'.

Indonesia's National Search and rescue Agency cheif said the Air Asia plane whcih went missing with 162 people on board after takeoff from Indonesia is believed to be at the bottom of the sea.

On Monday ships and helicopters searched the Java Sea for signs of wreckage from the plane that went missing soon after takeoff. An Indonesian and australian search parties have claimed that there are some oily spots on the water while the other says some objects are being seeing elsewhere.

It was, however, too early to know whether either sighting was connected to the missing aircraft."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," Henry Bambang Soelistyo, Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency chief told reporters.

According to the first Admiral Sigit Setiayana,the Naval Aviation Center Commander at the Surabaya air force base said that 12 naby ships, five planes,three helicopters and a number of warships were searching the east and southernesat of Indonesia's Belitung island and nearby waters. Malaysia , Singapore and Australia have joined this operation.

Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler said that Australia had a deployed sophisticated surveillance aircraft in the search over Java Sea. Singapore offered to provide underwater assistance.

The Airbus A320-200 went missing after air traffic controllers lost contact with the Aircraft 45 minutes after it left Juanda international airport at Surabaya in East Java at 5.20am on Sunday.

Just before disappearing the Air Asia pilots of the plane had asked for the 
permission from Jakarta air traffic control to change course as there was bad weather conditions.

Investigation ongoing

One of the correspondent said that the investigators were checking all the passenegers prifile and footage of X-rays of the luggage taken on board.

There are also reports that some fishermen might have heard something before the news that the plane had disappeared off radar came out 

The Airline said 155 of those people on board Flight QZ8501 were Indonesian, with 3 South Koreans and one person each from Malaysia, Singapore, Britain and France.

"The plane is in good condition but the weather is not so good," Djoko Murjatmodjo told a press conference at Jakarta's airport, addressing reports of severe storms in the area where the jet went missing.

Susweta Bose  [Masters in Mass Comm ] 
Sub Editor