SHAFAQNA – Indonesian officials say they have resumed search for an AirAsia plane, which went missing with over 160 people on board after taking off from Indonesia.
Officials at the Indonesian Naval Aviation Center announced early on Monday that they resumed search after it was put on hold for the night.
The Singapore-bound AirAsia Flight 8501 went missing en route from Indonesia early on Sunday and there is still no word about the fate of the plane and 162 people on board. The search around the area where the plane lost contact with the radars yielded no results until late on Sunday.
Indonesian officials said they deployed 12 navy ships, five planes, three helicopters, and a number of warships for the rescue mission while planes and ships from Malaysia and Singapore also took part in the operation, which started at first light Monday. Australia has also vowed to provide help to the search.
It is the third tragedy for Malaysian airliners in a year with two disappearances and one crash. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people onboard vanished from radars en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March. No debris has been found although many say it may be somewhere in the southern waters of the Indian Ocean.
Another Malaysian plane, MH17 was shot down when it was flying over a conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, with all 298 people onboard killed.