JAKARTA: Dozens of aircraft and ships in search for a missing Indonesian waters AirAsia plane focused Monday on an oil stain on possible leads, as a senior official warned the aircraft probably at the bottom of the sea.
Australia, Singapore and Malaysia joined the Indonesia-led search as distressed relatives awaited news of their loved ones more than a day after the flight QZ8501 disappeared over the Java Sea with 162 people on board.
“Dad came home, I have to Papa,” Angela, the daughter of the Indonesian pilots Irianto, asked in an emotional appeal to local social media.
The Airbus A320-200 lost contact on the way from Surabaya in East Java Indonesia to Singapore on Sunday after the team this year called for a change in the flight plan by stormy weather, in the third crisis for a Malaysian carrier.
Indonesian Air Force spokesman Hadi Tjahjanto told AFP the search is now on an oil patch sighted focus off Belitung island, opposite Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.
“We make sure it AVTUR (aviation fuel) from the AirAsia aircraft or a vessel, because this place is a shipping company,” he said.
Since the second day will search ended at dusk, the national search and rescue agency chief Bambang Soelistyo an Indonesian Corvette was on his way to collect a sample of oil, with an announcement expected Wednesday.
It was probably Soelistyo earlier, the aircraft was at the “bottom of the sea”.
The hypothesis is “based on the coordinates given to us and evaluation, which is the estimated crash position in the sea,” he told journalists.
Ships and aircraft an area where the sea is 40 to 50 m (130 to 160 feet) looking deeply, he said, adding that Indonesia to coordinate with other countries to require all devices to borrow scour the seabed.
– Distraught relatives –
Distraught relatives in Surabaya desperately hoping for news of relatives that extends international search.
Intan, 28, said Indonesia needs help overseas, that her brother and his family and friends helped to find plane.
“My hope is Indonesia seeks as much help as possible from other countries. One behaupten’Wir have sophisticated technology ‘, just ask in other countries because they are better equipped,” she told AFP, as Jakarta welcomes offers of help from its neighbors.
“My prayer is, I really, really hope that there will be news about the people on board. Whatever it is, what is important, we know where they are now,” she said.
While the international operation drawn comparisons with the continuing search for Malaysia Airlines MH370, said the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott did not seem to be a big secret.
“It does not seem that a particular product is unfortunately mystery here,” said Abbott Sydney radio station 2GB.
“It’s a plane, flying was a regular route on a regular schedule, it was what appears to have had terrible weather, and it’s down. But that’s no secret how the MH370 disappearance and it is not an atrocity as the MH17 launch. “
China, which had 152 citizens on MH370 has offered to help with the latest search.
– Wonderful Rescue –
An Indonesian family of 10 had arrived a miraculous escape when too late to catch flight QZ8501.
“Maybe it’s God’s plan that my family and I were not on the run. It was a blessing in disguise,” said Christianawati, 36th
AirAsia, said 155 of those on board were Indonesian, with three South Koreans and one person each from Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom and France. The Frenchman was the co-pilot.
Air traffic controllers lost contact with the twin-engine aircraft about an hour after leaving Surabaya Juanda’s International Airport at about 05.35 clock Sunday (2235 GMT Saturday).
Just before the plane disappeared, the pilot asked from 6,000 feet to 38,000 feet rise to heavy clouds to avoid, but his request was turned by another flight over him.
The missing aircraft was operated dominated by AirAsia Indonesia, a unit of Malaysian-based AirAsia, Southeast Asia’s booming low-cost airline market.
Indonesia, a vast archipelago with bad roads and railways, an explosive growth of low-cost air travel in recent years seen.
But the air industry has low safety standards in an area that has been made also experienced extreme weather destroyed.
AirAsia, has never suffered a fatal accident, said the missing jet last underwent maintenance on 16 November.
The shares fell by 12 percent at the open, but recovered slightly in Kuala Lumpur near 8.50 percent lower.
The plane’s disappearance comes at the end of a disastrous year for Malaysian aviation.
Malaysia Airlines MH370 disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March with 239 passengers and crew, and July flight MH17 was shot down over troubled Ukraine killing all 298 on board.