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Indonesian officials say debris from missing AirAsia jet

Bay Ismoyo, AFP | Debris floating in the Java Sea

Indonesia’s civil aviation chief Djoko Murjatmodjo said Tuesday that debris spotted off the country’s Kalimantan coast belongs to AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which disappeared over the weekend with 162 people on board.

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The red and white coloured debris was spotted earlier in the day as authorities expanded their search for the missing plane.

"For the time being it can be confirmed that it's the AirAsia plane and the transport minister will depart soon to Pangkalan Bun," Djoko Murjatmodjo told AFP.

"Based on the observation by search and rescue personnel, significant things have been found such as a passenger door and cargo door. It's in the sea, 100 miles (160 kilometres) southwest of Pangkalan Bun," he added, referring to the town in the province of Central Kalimantan, on Borneo.

The Airbus A320-200 vanished in poor weather on Sunday morning during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

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