Special report: Indonesian passenger plane
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
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
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.
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.
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
Search of Indonesian jetliner
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)
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.
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