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.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Wasn’t some “moderate” Indonesian official denouncing America just last week?
    Funny that.
    Since Allah didn’t protect the flight they now need the Great Satan to find it!

    • The Goat

      They also asked the USA for help during that tsunami a few years ago.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        That little disaster cost the Canadian, Australian, UK and American taxpayer quite a bit.
        That was when the Indonesian government FLEW IN Islamic terrorists to “aid in the relief efforts” and then used their presence as an excuse as to why reporters could not visit the aid distribution centers.
        2/3rds of the afflicted wound up getting NO AID due to official Indonesian corruption and incompetence.
        Thanks Indonesia!
        Well done ya bunch of pigs!

  • Xavier

    Well it worked last time. Oh wait.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    That’s funny because they can’t even find Lois Lerner’s emails.

  • Maurixio Garcia S

    They probably forgot to ask Saudi Arabia,for help , they are Muslims I though they hated the West!!

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s in the sea. Send me a check for $5 million thanks.

  • Minicapt

    No one ate the State Department can remember when a similar request was received, so a full appreciation, estimation and planning process must be conducted to find a possible solution.