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Air Asia Indonesia Lost Contact from Surabaya to Singapore

Old 30th Dec 2014, 05:18
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More pictures from Twitter:

(unconfirmed debris)



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Columbia's Recorder

The shuttle Columbia's commercial PC equivalent data recorder (not a crash recorder) survived the g's, heat, etc of a high Mach breakup of the shuttle and then the fall from 100000+ feet into a field in Texas as basically a stand alone box (no absorbing surrounding structure). All data was retrieved.
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Old 30th Dec 2014, 05:24
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10 to 20 km east of the last known position.
With the easterly sea current, this is right where we would expect it to be.



AirAsia flight QZ8501: Items resembling emergency slide, plane door seen in search - South-east Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
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The picture posted of retangular red-white object:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/org.barkah..../Misc/door.jpg

it's not a door. It's looks rather like a wingtip (red with a narrow white strip). The only thing painted in such pattern on that plane.

http://www.aero-news.net/images/cont...ring-1212a.JPG

But I'm not sure the aircraft in question had this type of wingtips ?
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I don't mean to criticize but why didn't they look in that area from the beginning?! Debris are spotted 10 km from away from the last known positions!!!
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or low clouds/rough seas may have obscured it.
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Correction to last comment, leading edge slat or leading edge tail? Just a thought.
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Old 30th Dec 2014, 05:45
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^^^ looks to me like the aircraft is submerged and the lighter stuff is now starting to surface like life jackets, raft pieces and lighter panels and composite parts. The long thin object does look like driftwood but not mistaking that the other photos do look very much like liferafts, jackets etc. Heres hoping this is a breakthrough.
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I don't mean to criticize but why didn't they look in that area from the beginning?!
Yes, it easy to criticize from behind a keyboard. The weather has been poor, with constant cloud, rain and wind - and thunderstorms. Not exactly conducive to aerial search.
Even the local fisherman have stated that they have been reluctant to go to sea in the area because of poor weather conditions.

In addition - anyone who knows anything about Indonesian waters knows exactly just how much debris in the form of countless types of flotsam and jetsam, exists in these waters. Some of it, quite large items.
We will have to wait until we have 100% positive indication of aircraft components in the floating debris.
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@skytrax

It's hard to spot small things floating in a sea of whitecaps in a gale, from an airplane two or three thousand (maybe 10 thousand) feet in the air.
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Debris confirmed to be from aircraft..(by traffic ministry)
waiting for BASARNAS
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MrDK

I agree with you, in fact I've got the necessary data from that message down to 35 bytes (the commas are not transmitted if the fields are fixed.) It can be compacted a bit further by using binary notation instead of ASCII characters.

9V-SRN,370,0,475,161,-2.6921,105.9659,2233

The receiving end can have a lookup table to fill in whatever flight number 9V-SRN is on, what kind of plane it is and who the Crew are.

This won't take much bamdwidth. That's why Inmarsat will do it for free.
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Russia Today reporting a body has been found near the possible debris field.

Obviously, it's Russia Today, so please treat with caution.

EDIT: Multiple reports of bodies seen near debris but still not confirmed.

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Director General of Civil Aviation has confirmed that debris were from a plane.

However, it has not been fully confirmed at this time that the debris is indeed from QZ8501.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/airplane...say-1419922721
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Press Conference just confirmed sighting of exit door and life jacket.
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Indonesian Air Force spokesman reports sighting of "what looks like a silhouette... of the fuselage".

May this be the first step to bring closure to the affected families.
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Exoixx, would be helpful if you indicate your source, so others have a chance to look and consider the verity for themselves. Otherwise you are just firing off yet more rumor.
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Sad pictures on Indonesian TV
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Per the BBC, Indonesian TV has shown footage of an SAR guy being winched down to recover a body.

AirAsia QZ8501 searchers spot 'debris' in the sea - BBC News
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Apologies.

Now being reported here: https://twitter.com/STcom/status/549838632215777280

(warning: Photo of body).
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