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Victims Of Air Asia Flight Spotted In JAVA Sea, Search Planes Reports of Bodies and Life Jackets Seen in Water

December 30, 2014  |  Posted by: JammedUp
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Search crews looking for the wreckage of Air Asia Flight 8501 have found bodies near the last known location of the aircraft.

Authorities have now stated that a shadow of what appears to be the silhouette of a plane has been spotted below the floating debris.

Searchers are expected to dive towards the tail end of the plane in search of the black boxes.

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‘Victims’ have been discovered in the vicinity where the missing AirAsia plane vanished, according to Indonesian officials.

Officials have confirmed reports of an emergency door and up to 40 bodies have been discovered in the Java Sea.

A Indonesian military aircraft, which was dispatched in the search spotted white, red and black objects including what could be life jackets about 105 miles off the coast of Pangkalan Bun Tuesday.

One helicopter has been sent to the location to pick up the items that will help in the ongoing investigation as to what may have brought down the airliner.

“This is the most significant finding, but we cannot confirm anything until the investigation is completed,” Murjatmodjo said.

The U.S. have also sent a destroyer to assist with the search-and-rescue operation on Tuesday.

The 7th Fleet announced that the USS Sampson, which was already on an independent deployment in the Western Pacific, would be at the scene later Tuesday.

The plane was part of the A320-200 fleet, which had 162 people when it disappeared Sunday.

Indonesian officials say the pilot requested permission to climb above violent storm clouds.

Investigators say that the airliner’s last known coordinates, are more than likely where the plane crashed into the water and “is at the bottom of the sea,” Indonesia search-and-rescue chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo said. However, the search and rescue operations are still planning to expand their efforts onto land on Tuesday.

Military planes part of the search teams spotted two oily patches and floating objects in separate locations, but it was not confirmed if any the objects are related to the plane that vanished halfway into what should have been a short two-hour flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.

The suspected area where the plane may be located is a busy shipping corridor. Officials saw little reason to believe the flight met anything but a grim fate.

The air search resumed Tuesday morning, with more assets and an expanded area, said Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo.

He said at least 30 ships, 15 aircraft and seven helicopters were looking for the jet. Most of the craft were Indonesian but Singapore, Malaysia and Australia contributed to the effort. Aircraft from Thailand planned to join Tuesday’s search.

The search area has been widened, with four military helicopters dispatched just after sunrise near Pangkalan Bun on the western part of Borneo island and to smaller islands of Bangka and Belitung, Bambang Soelistyo said.

“Until now, we have not yet found any signal or indication of the plane’s whereabouts,” Soelistyo told The Associated Press, adding fishermen from Belitung island were also helping.

Jakarta’s air force base commander, Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto, said an Australian Orion aircraft had detected “suspicious” objects near an island about 100 miles (160 kilometers) off central Kalimantan. That’s about 700 miles (1,120 kilometers) from where the plane lost contact, but within Monday’s greatly expanded search area.

“However, we cannot be sure whether it is part of the missing AirAsia plane,” Putranto said. “We are now moving in that direction.”

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