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Indonesia’s search chief: QZ8501 believed to have 'landed in the sea'

The AirAsia plane which went missing with 162 people on board en route to Singapore is believed to have "landed in the sea", said Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency chief.

BBC News reported that Indonesian transport ministry official Tatang Kurniadi saying:

"Our primary task is to find the plane. We are co-operating with every possible department, and relevant countries.
"This includes the department responsible for aircraft design, the aircraft manufacturer from France, and relevant operational teams from AirAsia and Malaysia."

According to BBC, First Admiral Sigit Setiayana of the Surabaya air force said that visibility has been good this morning. He hopes they will be able to find the plane soon.

Earlier today, a separate AirAsia QZ8501‬ flight from Surabaya to Singapore which took off this morning landed safely at Changi Airport, Terminal 1 at 8.35am.

Sources: BBC news, Reuters, Flight Aware

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