Objects found in Java sea not of Air Asia QZ8501 flight: Indonesian VP

North Gazette News/New Delhi
Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Monday afternoon said that objects found in Java were not of Air Asia QZ8501 flight that went missing on December 28 with 162 persons on board.

As per reports, Kalla said that the authorities have checked the objects in Java sea near Belitung Island and there was no credible evidence that the debris belonged to Air Asia QZ8501 flight.

At present, 15 ships and 30 aircrafts are searching the area from where the Air Asia QZ8501 flight had lost contact with ATC, he added.

Earlier in the day, media reports quoted Australian officials saying that Aussie planes have spotted some objects, suspected to be of #Air Asia QZ8501 flight in Java sea near East Belitung.

Reports had claimed that the Indonesian officials are trying to confirm the same and search and rescue operation were on locate #Air Asia QZ8501 flight.

The Air Asia Airbus 320 has reportedly taken a different route after taking off from Surabaya in Indonesia and it was reportedly flying over an area, experiencing heavy thunderstorms.

Air Asia flight QZ8501 had lost contact with Air Traffic Controller 42 minutes after taking off from Indonesia to Singapore. There was 162 persons on board including 7 crew personnel and 155 persons were Indonesian national while three were from South Korea and one each from UK, France, Malaysia and Singapore.

Earlier, Indonesian government had said that no distress signal was received from pilot. Malaysian PM had issued in a statement issued said that it was ready to provide assistance to Indonesia.

Malaysia-based AirAsia has tweeted that search and rescue operations are under way.

AirAsia has set up an emergency line for family or friends of those who may be on board and they can call on phone number +622 129 850 801 for info on missing flight.