Missing AirAsia flight: Perfect weather for search on Dec 30 & 31, says weather agency

JAKARTA: The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) head, Adi Eka Sakya, says that the weather for Dec 30 and 31 in the Bangka Belitung area where missing Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 last made contact will be clear.

"December 30 and 31 will have perfect weather for the search and rescue teams to try and locate the missing aircraft," Andi told a press conference in Jakarta on Monday.

Based on BMKG data, the sky would be clear on both days with a chance of light rain.

"The waves are forecast to be no higher than 1.5 meters on those dates, making the conditions conducive to carrying out a search mission at sea," he said.

He added that the weather would be quite severe in the Bangka Belitung area on Jan. 2 and 3, 2015, with a chance of torrential downpours in the Karimata strait between Bangka Belitung and West Kalimantan.