The AirAsia Flight 8501 passenger jet carrying 162 passengers that disappeared over 24 hours ago is suspected to be on the bottom of the ocean floor, Indonesia's top rescue officials said at a press conference Monday.
"Based on the coordinates that we know, the evaluation would be that any estimated crash position is in the sea, and that the hypothesis is the plane is at the bottom of the sea," National Search and Rescue chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo told a news conference, according to the Associated Press.
First Admiral Sigit Setiayana, the Naval Aviation Center commander at the Surabaya air force base, told the Associated Press that 12 navy ships, five planes, three helicopters and a number of warships were talking part, along with ships and planes from Singapore and Malaysia. The Australian Air Force also sent a search plane.
Setiayana said visibility was good. "God willing, we can find it soon," he told The Associated Press.
Malaysia and Singapore each planned to deploy one C-130 plane and three ships. Australia will also help, he added.
William Waldock, an expert on air crash search and rescue with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, cautioned against drawing comparisons to Flight 370.
The circumstances bode well for finding Flight 8501 since the intended flight time was less than two hours, and there is a known position where the plane disappeared, he told the Associated Press. Read more here.
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