The Missing AirAsia Jet Could Be ‘at the Bottom of the Sea,’ Searchers Say

TIME

The search for AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 has resumed, a day after the plane disappeared en route from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board. But the official in charge of efforts has admitted it likely lies “at the bottom of the sea.”

On Sunday, search vessels and aircraft were not able to spot any sign of the Airbus A320-200, which lost contact with air-traffic control over the Java Sea 42 minutes after departing Surabaya, Indonesia, at 5.35 a.m. local time.

“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,” Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency chief Bambang Soelistyo told a press conference Monday morning.

Records show Captain Iriyanto, who like many Indonesians only uses one name, had requested to ascend from 32,000 ft. to 38,000 ft. to…

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