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Russian team optimistic of finding AirAsia black boxes

A senior Russian official said here on Saturday that the equipment and personnel it has deployed in search of the wreckage and black boxes of the crashed AirAsia jetliner would be “very much” capable of carrying out the mission.

“The plane can detect even the small icons of wreckage in water and the bottom of the sea. We are quite optimistic regarding the goal of our mission,” Xinhua quoted Alexander Shilin, Russian deputy chief of mission, as saying at a press conference after the landing of a Beriev Be-200 plane at an air base in Pangkalan Bun in Central Kalimantan province.

He added the divers and experts taking part in the search operation had excellent and vast experience in search missions. The Russia mission included 22 divers and 17 search experts, Shilin said, adding the Be-200 amphibious plane also brought a remotely-operated submersible vehicle that could operate in a maximum depth of 300 meters. 


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