ADF maritime patrol aircraft to return

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

Two Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft will return to Australia today after Indonesian authorities commenced recovery operations following the discovery of debris from AirAsia flight QZ8501.

The two Orions, which left RAAF Base Darwin yesterday, recovered into Royal Malaysian Air Force Base Butterworth following their search flights. However, Indonesian authorities have advised that ADF assistance is no longer required.

The ADF will continue to maintain two liaison officers at Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) and the Australian Defence Force stands ready to provide further assistance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims at this difficult time.

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