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    Abe: Japan Ready to Assist Indonesia in Search for Missing Aircraft

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    Search and rescue operations are currently being conducted by international missions from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.

    A member of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) looks out into the waters, onboard a C-130 Hercules, during a Search and Locate operation for the missing AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft over an undisclosed search area December 29, 2014
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    MOSCOW, December 29 (Sputnik) — Japan is ready to assist Indonesia in its search operation for the AirAsia Airbus A320-200 passenger jet that allegedly crashed into the Java Sea on Sunday, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday.

    "I would like to express my condolences on the disappearance of many Indonesians and I hope that all passengers of the AirAsia plane are alive and will be rescued in the nearest future," Abe said in a statement to Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, published by the Japanese NHK channel.

    Currently the search and rescue operations are being carried out by international missions from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.

    The Russian Emergencies Ministry has also announced that it is ready to provide Indonesia with "the most modern aircraft and rescue technology" and proposed sending its specialists to the search area.

    AirAsia, en route from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore, lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday morning. The aircraft was carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members. Most passengers on board were Indonesian; three passengers were South Koreans, and there were individual French, Malaysian and Singaporean passengers on board.

    On Sunday, search operation for the plane has been suspended due to bad weather conditions and darkness. Earlier today it was reported that the rescue mission had resumed today at 06:00 a.m. local time (Sunday 23:00 GMT).

    AirAsia Indonesia operates domestic flights within the Indonesian archipelago and international flights to Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Thailand. The company is an affiliate of the Malaysian company AirAsia.


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