Tue, Jan 16, 2007
Say Fuel Could Point The Way To Missing Plane
Crews in Indonesia believe they've found another sign of the
whereabouts of a missing airliner believed to have crashed off the
northeastern coast of that country two weeks ago. A top search and
rescue official tells the Associated Press a fuel spill has been
spotted in the area.
The spill was detected Sunday, during one of the many aerial
surveys sweeping the western coast of Sulawesi Island since the
January 1 downing of an Adam Air 737 with 102 persons onboard.
Hopes were high the spill could lead crews to the accident site,
and a ship was immediately deployed to the area... but strong
currents later shifted the oil slick, and investigators were still
attempting to find it Monday night.
"So far we've had no luck," said First Air Marshal Eddy Suyanto,
commander of the airbase in Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi
As Aero-News reported,
several pieces from the jetliner -- including the plane's tail,
food trays, and shards of fuselage -- have been pulled from the
Makassar Strait in the past several days.
Suyanto also said crews have recovered what appear to be
fragments of human remains from the waters in the area, although no
survivors or bodies have been located. Crews are still searching
for the aircraft's fuselage, as well as the plane's flight data
The remains have been sent for DNA testing, officials told
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