KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 ― Missing Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ501 is likely at the bottom of the sea, Indonesia’s search authorities said today after more than 24 hours lapsed since the disappearance of the commercial plane. Indonesia’s top rescue official says authorities believe the missing AirAsia jet is likely at the bottom of the sea, based on radar data from the plane’s last contact. ”
Because the coordinate that was given to us and the evolution from the calculation point of the flight track is at sea, our early conjecture is that the plane is in the bottom of the sea,” said Marsdya Tni Hendry Bambang, head of Indonesia’s national search and rescue agency. UK daily The Guardian and Indonesian news portal Detik News reported Chief Marshal Bambang Soelistyo as saying that the last coordinates of the A320 jet carrying 162 on board placed it over water. “The last coordinates were in the sea so it is likely it is on the sea floor,” The Guardian quoted Bambang as saying in a press conference at the Soekarno Hatta airport in Jakarta.
He also reportedly said search and rescue authorities were using a sonar system to look for the missing plane, adding that the tool can detect objects up to a depth of between 1,000m and 2,000m The Guardian reported Indonesian officials as being positive about finding wreckage from Flight QZ8501, if the jet has indeed crashed into the sea, as the Java Sea has a relatively shallow depth of 46m, the part of the western Pacific Ocean where the plane disappeared from radar.