AirAsia flight QZ8501: Indonesia says reports on emergency signals inaccurate

Members of an Indonesian search team setting off to search at sea for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Manggar in East Belitung on Dec 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Members of an Indonesian search team setting off to search at sea for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Manggar in East Belitung on Dec 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA - Indonesia said reports that two emergency signals were picked up following the disappearance of Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 were inaccurate.

"We have AirAsia ELT (emergency locator transmitter) ID. I assure you the two emergency signals reported to us were not what we're looking for,'' Mr F. H. Bambang Soelistyo, chief of the search and rescue agency Basarnas, told a news conference on Tuesday.

Kompas reported that Basarnas received two weak emergency signals throughout Monday. Both of these signals are located in the waters near the Pacific Islands, an area which is said to be the last point of contact that QZ8501 made with Tower Air Traffic Control (ATC) before disppearing on Sunday.

Mr Soelistyo also told reporters that Indonesia, which is leading the multi-nation search, will be getting more reinforcements. The United States, for example, is deploying vessels and aircraft.

"US has a vessel in Singapore with two choppers, with a sonar system. They want to help. I have accepted their offer. They will arrive today or tomorrow," he told reporters in Jakarta.

One aircraft from South Korea will also arrive on Tuesday to join the massive search for flight QZ8501 which disappeared on Sunday morning while flying from Surabaya to Singapore.

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