AirAsia Flight QZ8501: Indonesian vessel detects object suspected to be plane's tail

Crew members of an Indonesian Navy maritime surveillance plane look out windows during a search for wreckage and the remains of passengers onboard the AirAsia QZ8501 flight, over the Karimata Strait south of Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan on Jan 1
Crew members of an Indonesian Navy maritime surveillance plane look out windows during a search for wreckage and the remains of passengers onboard the AirAsia QZ8501 flight, over the Karimata Strait south of Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan on Jan 1, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PANGKALAN BUN/JAKARTA - An Indonesian Navy vessel detected an object suspected to be the tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501 on Friday, Metro TV reported.

"At 7.34am, we detected a piece of wreckage suspected to be a plane's tail," said KRI Bung Tomo commander, Colonel Yayan, in a phone interview with Metro TV on Friday.

The ship's sonar detected the object located 29 metres deep in the Karimata Strait.

According to the report, visual checks are needed to confirm if the object is indeed a plane's tail.

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