AIRASIA INDONESIAN SEARCH AND RESCUE AGENCY: WE ASSUME JET AT ‘BOTTOM OF SEA’

An Indonesian official said objects have been spotted in the sea by a search plane hunting for the missing AirAsia jet.

Jakarta’s Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto said he was informed on Monday that an Australian Orion aircraft had detected suspicious objects near Nangka island, about 160 kilometers southwest of Pangkalan Bun, near central Kalimantan, or 1,120 kilometers from the location where the plane lost contact.

First Admiral Sigit Setiayana, the Naval Aviation Center commander at the Surabaya air force base, said 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.

Indonesian officials said the pilot sought an unusual route due to thunderstorms between Kalimantan and Belitung island, before the aircraft lost contact with the air traffic control.

The aircraft was then at 32,000 feet over Java Sea in Indonesian territory.