Indonesia seeks U.S. help to find missing plane -U.S. State Dept

Dec 29 (Reuters) – Indonesia has asked the United States for help in locating the AirAsia jet that went missing on Sunday carrying 162 people, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

“Today we received a request for assistance locating the airplane, and we are reviewing that request to find out how best we can meet Indonesia’s request for assistance,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told a regular news briefing.

Rathke said the Indonesian request was made via a diplomatic note to the U.S. embassy in Jakarta. He declined to give details of the request.

“Our embassy, of course, is focused on finding… ways to be responsive. Of course, we’ve been in close contact with Indonesian officials since the disappearance of the plane,” Rathke added…

More: Indonesia says missing AirAsia plane could be at ‘bottom of sea’

For aficionados, the Professional Pilots Rumour Network thread on the plane is here. They have little but the news to go on, but are obviously more familiar with what might have happened. Apparently the sea is shallow there, and if the plane crashed it might be buried in mud.