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UPDATED: 09:12, January 14, 2007
US offers using undersea photography to find Indonesia's missing plane
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The United States has offered to use undersea photography to help find Indonesia's missing Adam Air plane which could have plunged into the sea in the Makassar Strait, an Indonesian Navy official said.

"The undersea photographic equipment is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday," Antara news agency quoted Rear Admiral Moekhlas Sidik, chief of the Indonesian Navy's Eastern Fleet Command, as saying in Surabaya, capital of East Java province, on Saturday.

He said the Search and Rescue Team including the naval vessel KRI Fatahillah was still focusing its attention on an area where fragments of aircraft parts and equipment were found recently.

Until now, the team had still not found the body of the missing plane.

As many as 27 objects associated with aircraft parts and equipment had been found as of Friday during search operations in waters off Pare Pare and Barru districts in South Sulawesi.

The team was hoping that if the body of the plane was found it could get the aircraft's black box containing information on what had happened with the plane.

The US has been keen to help in the search efforts because three of the plane's 96 passengers were Americans.

The Adam Air plane with 102 people on board was missing on January 1 on its way from Surabay, capital of East Java province to Manado, capital of North Sulawesi province.

Source: Xinhua

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