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Indonesia Requests U.S. Help in Search for Missing Aircraft

Dec. 29, 2014

The Indonesian government has requested U.S. assistance in the search for AirAsia Flight 8501, according to a Defense Department statement released today.

“The details of that request, which was made through the U.S. State Department, are still being coordinated but could include some air, surface and sub-surface detection capabilities,” Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in the statement. “We stand ready to assist in any way possible.”

The flight, which was scheduled from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, went missing Sunday.