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Indonesia declines help from shamans in search for AirAsia flight QZ8501

Indonesia authorities have turned down an offer from shamans (also known as bomohs) to assist in the search for the missing aircraft, Tempo.co reported.

The director of communications of national search and rescue agency Basarnas, Mr Sutono, said it could not accept the offer as "it was not our standard".

Mr Mukhti Maarif, the leader of shamans in Indonesia's Belitung, said the shamans are awaiting a formal request from a government agency, Tempo.co reported.

"Until now, we have not been involved. And we are ready to help," said Mr Mukhti.

Mr Mukhti claimed a supernatural scouting by a number of bomohs has revealed the final resting place of the plane, reported Malay Mail Online.

Mr Mukhti​ also reportedly said specific rituals have to be performed to verify their discovery.

This is not the first time shamans have offered to help locate a missing aircraft, reported Malay Mail Online.

After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared in March, bomohs conducted a ritual to find the plane.

Sources: Malay Mail Online, Tempo.co


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