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Russian Plane's First Day of AirAsia Flight Search Fruitless

© REUTERS / Darren WhitesideA Russian search and rescue team loads their equipment after arriving on a Beriev Be-200 amphibious plane to support the search for Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501, at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan
A Russian search and rescue team loads their equipment after arriving on a Beriev Be-200 amphibious plane to support the search for Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501, at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan - Sputnik International
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The amphibious Be-200 plane has been searcing for the flight recorders of the AirAsia Airbus for one hour. However, the operation has not been successful yet.

Russian rescuers unload gears from their Beriev Be-200 amphibious aircraft upon arrival to reinforce a search operation for the victims and the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 at Pangkalan Bun Airport, Indonesia - Sputnik International
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BALI, January 4 (Sputnik) — The Russian Be-200 aircraft's efforts have not yet produced results on its first day of search operations, Indonesia's Air Force Liaison Officer Lt. Pinandita said Sunday.

"[Russia's Be-200 amphibious aircraft] has not found anything yet," Pinandita told Indonesia's DetikCom news website.

However, the Indonesian officer praised Russia's "sophisticated" plane to the news outlet for displaying search camera results directly on the airplane's screen and storing them as coordinates are defined.

Be-200 amphibious aircraft - Sputnik International
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According to Pinandita, the Be-200 returned to Jakarta's Halim airport after an hour-long flight.

Earlier on Saturday, Indonesia's transportation safety chief Tatang Kurniadi expressed hope that flight recorders from AirAsia Airbus A320-200 would be recovered with Russian assistance.

An MH-60R helicopter, attached to the USS Sampson (DDG 102), approaches an Indonesian patrol vessel while searching for debris, during the Indonesian-led search and recovery operations for the downed AirAsia flight QZ8501, in the Java Sea in this December 31, 2014 - Sputnik International
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A team of 72 Russian divers and search experts arrived in Indonesia on Friday to join a multinational mission at the request of the Indonesian authorities. The Emergencies Ministry sent an Il-76 airlifter and a Be-200 amphibious aircraft, as well as a high-tech remote-controlled Folkon search vehicle capable of operating at maximum depths of 1,000 meters (3,280 feet).

Singapore-bound AirAsia flight QZ8501 vanished off radars some 40 minutes after takeoff from the Indonesian city of Surabaya last Sunday, December 28. To date, 34 bodies have been recovered and nine of the 162 passengers and crew members have been identified.

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