Japan sends ships, choppers to search for missing AirAsia QZ8501

Japan sends ships, choppers to search for missing AirAsia QZ8501
A view from an Indonesian Navy maritime surveillance plane as it returns from a mission to search for wreckage and the remains of passengers onboard the AirAsia QZ8501 flight, over the Karimata Strait south of Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan January 1, 2015.

Japan offered on Thursday to help the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) in locating missing AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501.

Col. Yoshiura from the Joint Staff Office of the Japanese Army visited Basarnas headquarters on Thursday with a number of Japanese military officers, tribunnews.com reported.

"Two destroyers and three helicopters for the search mission," he said after a meeting Basarnas leaders.

"They are still in Port Klang, Malaysia. They will arrive at the search location tomorrow [Friday] morning."

Yoshiura added that the team might also be involved in looking for the aircraft's black box and fuselage.

He said the contingent had just returned from deployment in Somalia.

Meanwhile, Basarnas said the search operation on Thursday, the fifth day, included search rescue units (SRU) from both Indonesia and other countries. Indonesia has deployed 84 SRUs, while there are 14 foreign SRUs.

Currently, foreign teams searching for the missing aircraft include those from Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, while China, South Korea and the United States are also sending teams.


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