Unmanned undersea vehicle searching for missing Indonesian plane
www.chinaview.cn 2007-01-08 15:15:06

Special report: Indonesian passenger plane missing

The propeller of an Indonesia navy airplane is pictured in bad weather during a search the missing plane in Indonesia's Sulawesi island Jan. 3, 2007.

The propeller of an Indonesia navy airplane is pictured in bad weather during a search the missing plane in Indonesia's Sulawesi island Jan. 3, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    JAKARTA, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian Navy Monday used a tiny unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) in the extensive efforts to search a passenger plane that went missing around Sulawesi island last week.

    The French-made UUV measuring 180 cm in length is capable of surveillance mission 500 meters below the sea level, but its battery can last only 90 minutes.

    The Pulau Rengat warship that carries the UUV departed to West Sulawesi waters from the naval base in East Java in search of the Boeing 737-400 believed to have crashed between West Sulawesi and North Sulawesi.

    The plane, operated by local airliner Adam Air, carried 96 passengers, including four babies and six crews.

    Navy officer First Marshal Gatot Sudjianto said the UUV was equipped with an undersea camera with an operating range of 1 km.

    "This UUV will comb the waters of West Sulawesi for five days,"he was quoted by major national newspaper Tempo's website as saying.

    Meanwhile, around 120 volunteers joined the rescue team to search the plane in West Sulawesi jungles.

700 servicemen sent to search for missing plane in Indonesia

    JAKARTA, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- As many as 700 personnel from the Indonesian army, navy, air force and the police were sent to Rantepau in South Sulawesi province and Mamuju in West Sulawesi province to help search for a passenger plane which went missing a week ago.

No distress signals from Indonesian airliner

(2007-01-04 20:15:09)

    BEIJING, Jan 4. (Xinhuanet) -- A top Indonesian aviation official said Thursday the missing jetliner with 102 passengers on board did not send distress signals or report mechanical problems before disappearing Monday.

Group photos: Search of Indonesian jetliner resumed

A search and rescue team member uses a pair of binoculars on an Indonesian military airplane, Jan. 3, 2007 during a search for a missing Adam Air plane. Indonesian rescuers launched new sea, land and air searches on Wednesday for a missing plane with 102 people aboard after initial reports its wreckage had been found turned out to be false. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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Indonesian passenger plane missing

(2007-01-01 20:57:40)

    JAKARTA, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- A Boeing 737-400 airplane from Indonesia's Adam Air went missing Monday around the airspace of Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi province en route to Manado, North Sulawesi. Full Story>>

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