Updating Dual Disasters Overseas: Missing Plane, Burning Ferry


Search planes and ships came up empty Monday after a second day of scouring Indonesian waters for an Air Asia jet that vanished in storm clouds, as questions about silent emergency beacons were raised. The search was set to resume Tuesday over a widened area.

All 162 passengers and crew aboard are feared dead in what would be one of Indonesia’s deadliest air accidents. Meanwhile, authorities say that at least 414 people were rescued and at least eight have died after a fire broke out on a Greek ferry.

As of this writing the vessel remains adrift in the Adriatic Sea between the coasts of Italy and Albania. A formal criminal investigation into the disaster has been launched. Tom is monitoring developments in both stories.

ABC’s Tom Rivers has the latest from London:

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