Russia offers assistance in Indonesia's search for missing Airbus A320-200

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has offered to help Indonesia's search for the missing Air Asia Airbus A-320-200.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has offered to help Indonesia's search for the missing Air Asia Airbus A-320-200.

"I have just learned about the Air Asia Airbus A320-200 accident in the Java Sea and would like to assure you that the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is ready for rendering urgent assistance to the Indonesian side in the search for the missing plane," Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov wrote in his letter to Indonesian search and rescue chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo.

Ministry press secretary Alexander Drobyshevsky told Interfax on Monday the letter declared the ministry's readiness to provide Indonesia with the newest aircraft rescue technologies, including a Beriyev Be-200 amphibious airplane carrying modern search instruments, thermal imagers and radars. In addition, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is ready to assign its specialists on a search-and-rescue mission.

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