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Search For Missing Airliner Fruitless So Far

Indonesian search and rescue team coordinating the search area on December 29, 2014 in Belitung, Indonesia. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
Indonesian search and rescue team coordinating the search area on December 29, 2014 in Belitung, Indonesia. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)

Indonesia’s Air Force says oil samples from the Java Sea will be collected and analyzed to see if they’re connected to the missing AirAsia jetliner.

The oily spots were found by an Indonesian helicopter searching for AirAsia Flight 8501, which had 162 people on board when it lost contact yesterday morning while flying from Indonesia to Singapore. And an Australian plane has spotted a “suspicious” object in the Java Sea, about 700 miles from where the AirAsia plane lost contact.

Here & Now’s Robin Young gets the latest on the search for the missing AirAsia flight from the BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, who is in Jakarta.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

Guest

  • Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, correspondent for the BBC.

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