AirAsia Flight QZ8501: Indonesia Widens Search Area As Debris May Have Drifted Further

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PANGKALAN BUN, Jan 3 – Aircraft combed the sea and shoreline off Borneo on Saturday for wreckage from an Indonesia AirAsia passenger jet, hoping to take advantage of a brief break in bad weather that has hampered efforts to find the plane and its black box flight recorders.

Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said the search area had been widened as debris from Flight QZ8501 may have drifted more than 200 nautical miles, adding that helicopters would concentrate on searching the coastline of southern Borneo. “With the strength of the winds, waves and current, we extended the search area to 210 nautical miles,” Air Force Lt. Col. Johnson said.

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