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US, China, Other Nations Searching for Missing Airliner

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A crew of an Indonesian Air Force C-130 airplane of the 31st Air Squadron, looks out of the window during a search operation for the missing AirAsia flight 8501 jetliner over the waters of Karimata Strait in Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014.

A crew of an Indonesian Air Force C-130 airplane of the 31st Air Squadron, looks out of the window during a search operation for the missing AirAsia flight 8501 jetliner over the waters of Karimata Strait in Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014.

The United States, China and other countries have dispatched rescue ships to the Java Sea to help Indonesia search for the missing AirAsia passenger jet that crashed during a storm Sunday.

Indonesian rescue workers pulled several bodies from the choppy seas Tuesday and collected debris from the aircraft floating on the surface. A U.S. Navy destroyer, the USS Sampson, arrived on the scene to assist in finding the aircraft, which had 162 people on board. The destroyer is equipped with sonar devices that can scan the depths of the ocean floor.

At least 30 ships, 15 aircraft and seven helicopters from several countries have been looking for the plane between Borneo and Sumatra islands.

A Chinese frigate was on the way, while Singapore said it was sending two underwater beacon detectors to listen for pings from the jet's cockpit voice and flight data recorders to help investigators locate the aircraft. Australia, Malaysia and South Korea also sent warships and aircraft to assist in the operation.

Authorities said aerial searchers have spotted a "shadow" under the surface of the water they believe is the main body of the Airbus A320-200.


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