Items resembling a plane door and an emergency slide have been found in the search for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501, according to officials.

At least 10 large objects have been found in the Java Sea, around six miles from where the plane lost contact with air traffic control, according to the Indonesian air force.

On Tuesday, the search for the lost aircraft was expanded off the coast of Indonesia, with the US deploying a warship to assist the operation.

It has been more than 36 hours since the aircraft, with 162 passengers on board, communicated with air traffic control over the Java Sea – and officials fear the jet has crashed into shallow waters. A British businessman and his two-year-old daughter are among the missing.

On Tuesday, 30 ships and 21 aircraft from South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and Indonesia are scouring 10,000 nautical miles in hope of tracking down the Airbus A320.

The US Navy has confirmed that one of its destroyers, USS Sampson, is joining the recovery mission. Meanwhile, the Royal Australian Air Force has devoted a further two Orion aircraft to the operation… see more

source: skynews