The missing AirAsia passenger plane “is likely at the bottom of the sea”, the chief of Indonesia’s search effort has said.

Bambang Soelistyo added that an initial investigation into the disappearance of Flight QZ8501 had revealed that the “estimated crash position is in the sea”, as more than a dozen ships try to find the aircraft.

The Airbus A320 stopped communicating with air traffic control over the Java Sea in the early hours of Sunday morning. The pilot issued no distress signal.

According to the AFP news agency, he added: “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.

“It is not easy to look for something underwater…. That will not break our spirit to continue searching, no way.”

Families of missing travellers have said his comments were “not appropriate at all”, especially considering the flight had not been found… see more

source: skynews