Search teams scoured waters off Indonesia’s coast today for an AirAsia flight that went missing as a rescue official said the plane is suspected to be at the bottom of the sea according to latest report form Press Trust of India. 155 passengers and 7 crew members have died in this accident which is the second one in this region. The plane was an Airbus A320-200, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission to alter course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday.
Soelistyo, head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, told reporters “Based on our coordinates, we predict that the plane is on the sea, for now it could be in the bottom of the sea.” This accident happened due to bad weather and at the time and the aircraft had been flying at 32,000 feet before asking to fly at 38,000 feet to avoid clouds, said Joko Muryo Atmodjo, air transportation director at Indonesia’s transport ministry. Right now several nations have offered to help with the search of this missing plane.
AirAsia Chief Executive Sunu Widyatmoko said “We are cooperating with the relevant authorities to the fullest extent to determine the cause of this incident.” Also the Malaysia AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes twitted “This is my worst nightmare,” “But there’s no stopping.” Mr Fernandes further tweeted “In Jakarta this morning to communicate with Search and Rescue. All assets now in region. Going back to Surabaya now to be with families.” The search for the missing plane continues.
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