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The route was a well-traveled part of the Indonesian archipelago; six other aircraft were in the vicinity of Flight 8501 when it disappeared, according to data by Flightradar24, an organization that tracks aircraft.
But Indonesian transport ministry official Djoko Murjatmodjo said the request "could not be approved at that time due to traffic, there was a flight above, and five minutes later [flight QZ8501] disappeared from radar".
The AirAsia plane that went missing with 162 people on board en route for Singapore is likely at the bottom of the sea, Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency chief said on Monday.
“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,” Mr 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.”
originally posted by: charlyv
I find it rather amazing that people are grinding Zaphod's gears over this ground speed thing. The ability to keep an aircraft flying is never measured in ground speed. It is the airspeed over the surface of the wings. Zaphod knows this, professional air traffic control people know this. He was trying to make that clear, and I think it was crystal. The person(s) who referenced ground speed in the context of determining if the aircraft was flying to slow was in error of terminology. Cut and dry.
An Indonesian official says objects have been spotted in the sea by an Australian search plane hunting for the missing AirAsia jet.
Jakarta's Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto said he has been informed that an Australian Orion aircraft had detected suspicious objects near Nangka island, about 160 kilometres southwest of Pangkalan Bun, near central Kalimantan - 1120 kilometres from the location where the plane lost contact.
Earlier in December, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) ordered a change in procedure for all A320 jets after computers onboard a similar A321 aircraft thought it was about to stall and pushed the nose downwards – which is the standard way of preventing an upset – just as pilots were trying to level off after climbing to their intended cruise height.
The incident happened after certain sensors iced up in bad weather. It is thought to be the only one of its kind since the A320 entered service in 1988, but resulted in a special bulletin to operators from Airbus, which was later made compulsory by EASA.
The “suspicious objects” search teams have spotted in the water are near Nangka island off the coast of Malaysia, quite a ways past the plane’s planned destination of Singapore.
originally posted by: AthlonSavage
If they search for the plane as rigorously as MH370 and three months from now find no trace, will people be thinking there is foul play afoot or put it down to coincidence, two mystery disappearances. Im just wondering what peoples thoughts are?