JAKARTA: AirAsia plane which went missing with 162 people on board is likely at the bottom of the sea, Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency chief said today.
“Based on the coordinates given to us and evaluation that the estimated crash position is in the sea, the hypothesis is the plane is at the bottom of the sea,” Bambang Soelistyo told a press conference.
“That’s the preliminary suspicion and it can develop based on the evaluation of the result of our search.”
Soelistyo also said that Indonesia do not have the tools such as submersible vehicles which is required to use to retrieve the plane from the seabed, but they are reaching out to other countries for help if necessary.
“Due to the lack of technology that we have, I have coordinated with our foreign minister so we will borrow from other countries which have offered. They are the UK, France and US,” he said.
The plane disappeared on Sunday en route from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore after the crew requested a change of flight due to stormy weather. Singapore, Malaysia and Australia have dispatched aircraft and ships to assist Indonesia in the search, which is centred on the Java Sea. The US has also said it was ready to assist