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The Boeing Co. 737-400 jet operated by PT Adam Skyconnection Airlines, was flying from Surabaya in East Java to Manado in North Sulawesi when air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft, M. Ikhsan Tatang, the country's director general for air transport, said yesterday.
Navy rescuers said distress signals were detected from an area in north Sulawesi and a point in the Makassar Strait, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported on its Web site. Bad weather is hampering the search operation, which will resume today.
The Indonesian authorities are also mounting an operation to find survivors from a ferry that sank off Central Java province four days ago carrying more than 570 passengers and crew. More than 140 people have been rescued and other survivors have been sighted by search aircraft.
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JAKARTA: A passenger jet belonging to Indonesian carrier Adam Skyconnection Airlines carrying 102 passengers crashed in a mountainous area in West Sulawesi province Monday afternoon, killing 90 on board, according to official sources.
The plane was earlier reported missing and the wreckage was spotted by an emergency search plane in the mountainous region near the Polewali town Tuesday morning. Initial teams of rescue operators which reached the scene found at least 90 bodies at the crash site. Police in Polewali town said there were 12 survivors.
The Boeing 737-400 was flying from Subrabaya in East Java to Manado in North Sulawesi when it lost contact with the air traffic control. Authorities said there were thick clouds and strong winds in the area when the plane lost contact.
In a staggering twist to the search for an aircraft, senior Indonesian officials said Tuesday reports the jet with 102 people on board had been found on Sulawesi island were flat-out wrong and it was still missing.
Various officials recounted earlier how wreckage of the Adam Air Boeing 737-400 had been found after crashing into mountains in heavy rain.
There were reports how 12 people had survived the crash and were being cared for by villagers.
Originally posted by UM_Gazz
ThePieMaN, there are no survivors yet according to current news, read up through the thread above.
Officials have now recanted the story that the plane had been found, and apologized for the erroneous reports including the reported survivors.
The plane is once again missing.
Indonesian authorities are still searching for a passenger jet that disappeared two days ago while carrying 102 people to Sulawesi, after the government yesterday incorrectly said the wreckage and 90 bodies had been found.
The plane, operated by PT Adam Skyconnection Airlines, was flying from Surabaya in East Java to Manado in North Sulawesi on Jan. 1 when contact was lost with air traffic controllers at Makassar airport.
``If it crashed into jungle terrain, it could be quite difficult'' to find, said Graham Braithwaite, head of the department of air transport at Cranfield University in the U.K. ``If it's a large area and particularly if the weather is rough, the sea is rough, the wreckage could scatter easily.''
Despite three frantic days of searching by sea, land and air, Indonesian authorities said Thursday they had failed to find a crash site for a missing commercial airliner with 102 people aboard.
"Until this stage, we have received no reports of any trace being found," Samuel, an official at the National Search and Rescue Agency in Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa by telephone. "There is still no word on the missing airliner."
Adam Air flight KI-574 was carrying 96 passengers, including three US citizens, and a crew of six when it disappeared on Monday afternoon.
An Indonesian jetliner that vanished with 102 people aboard did not issue distress signals or report any mechanical problems, a top aviation official said Thursday, contradicting earlier reports.
Justin Tumurang, 25, was waiting at the airport to pick up her twin sister, but she never arrived. "Being a twin, we share almost every feeling. I felt something was not right, and it grew worse. Now I feel pain," she said.
Less known, on the other side of the world, there exists a similar area of ocean known as the Dragon’s Triangle. The Dragon’s Triangle follows a line from Western Japan, north of Tokyo, to a point in the Pacific at approximate latitude of 145 degrees east. It turns west south west, past the Bonin Islands, then down to Guam and Yap, west towards Taiwan, before heading back to Japan in a north north easterly direction.
Both areas share stories of missing maritime vessels and aircraft, reports of malfunctioning navigational and communication equipment and tales of drifting, crewless ghost ships.
The Dragon’s Triangle in particular, bears testament to an ever-changing seascape. Islands and lands masses have formed and disappeared literally overnight through volcanic activity and seaquakes. Records reveal islands charted by experienced navigators, and documented as having been visited; yet years later no trace of these places could be found!
Another common factor is the existence of agonic lines - lines of no magnetic variation, along which the magnetic needle points directly north and south. The principle agonic line in the Western Hemisphere runs directly through the Bermuda triangle, whilst the principle agonic line in the Eastern Hemisphere runs through the Dragon’s triangle. Which in both cases often leads to extreme compass deviation in the surrounding area. For over a thousand years, possibly longer, the Japanese and their neighbours have recorded strange occurrences and disappearances. Ancient records tell of restless dragons surfacing from the depths, and taking unfortunate mariners back to their underground lairs. Legends dating back to c.1000Bc tell of underwater palaces inhabited by dragons and of a great slumbering dragon which lived in the cavern beneath the sea.