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Missing AirAsia plane likely to be "on the sea floor"

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The head of Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency, Bambang Soelistyo, has stated that the missing AirAsia plane may be "on the sea floor" after a second day of searching proved to be fruitless. The plane disappeared from radar yesterday without any distress signal being sent but the pilot had asked to change paths due to stormy weather hinting that it could have been bad weather that caused the plane to crash.

A number of pieces of debris have been spotted floating in the Java Sea by an Australian search plane but authorities are unsure if they are in fact pieces of the AirAsia plane. Ships in the area are being enlisted to investigate the debris up close to determine if it could be part of the passenger jet.

Flight QZ8501 went missing on Sunday after disappearing from radar very shortly after taking off from the Indonesian city of Surabaya en route to Singapore. There were 162 people on board the Airbus A320 when contact was loss inexplicably. Communications were operating normally until all went dark suddenly around 40 minutes into the flight.

Two Singaporean navy vessels, the RSS Valour and RSS Supreme, arrived in the area late on Monday night to join in the search operation which will resume early tomorrow morning. Families of those on board the flight have begun to gather at Surabaya airport where Indonesia's Vice President has met with them to update them on where the search attempt currently stands.

AirAsia's Chief Executive Tony Fernandes, who also owns Premier League Football Club Queens Park Rangers, expressed his sympathies with the people on board yesterday. Fernandes said "This is my worst nightmare. My only thoughts are with the passengers and my crew. We put our hope in the search and rescue operation and thank the Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysian governments."

Australian Prime Minister urged people not to make a link between this incident and missing Malaysian Air flight MH370 which mysteriously disappeared without explanation in early 2014. Abbot firmly believes that this was a tragic accident due to bad weather and said "I think it would be a big mistake to equate what has happened here with MH370".

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