The missing AirAsia plane is likely at the bottom of the sea, an Indonesian official has said.
The head of the Asian country’s National Search and Rescue Agency, Bambang Soelistyo, said this while addressing reporters on Monday after search resumed following the suspension on Sunday evening.
“Based on the coordinates given to us and evaluation that the estimated crash position is in the sea, the hypothesis is the plane is at the bottom of the sea,” he was quoted by Al-Jazeera as saying.
Indonesia has deployed naval ships, planes, and helicopters in a search that is also being assisted by neighbouring Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia.
Authorities announced the missing Airbus A320-200 on Sunday morning about 45 minutes after it left Surabaya, Indonesia , at 5:30 a.m. local time. Carrying 162 people, the plane was scheduled to arrive Singapore at 8:30 a.m. local time.
Authorities have said the plane was in good condition, having undergone maintenance on November 16, but that the pilot reported bad weather and had asked to ascend by 6,000 feet to 38,000 feet to avoid heavy clouds.