Lost jet: Deep sea probe under way
MAKASSAR, Indonesia (Reuters) -- A U.S. navy ship joined the search on Tuesday for an Indonesian airliner that went missing eight days ago with 102 people aboard, with the hunt focusing on a large metal object far down on the sea floor.
The object was discovered on Monday by Indonesian ships with sonar technology in water about 1,000 meters (1,150 yards) deep north of Mamuju in West Sulawesi province.
There was no immediate confirmation that it was the Adam Air Boeing 737-400 that vanished in bad weather on Jan. 1.
The USNS Mary Sears, an oceanographic survey ship, had reached the area being investigated, said First Air Marshal Eddy Suyanto, the Makassar air base commander heading the search.
"Mary Sears is currently working with Fatahillah (an Indonesian vessel), but as of yet there is no information on the result," Suyanto told a news conference.
The U.S. ship is equipped with side-scan sonar and satellite imagery capabilities, the U.S. embassy in Jakarta said.
The Indonesian navy was also sending at least four vessels to the scene, including one with a mini-submarine.