December 28, 2014 / 4:26 PM / 5 years ago

U.S. ready to help in search for missing AirAsia plane - State Department

Two members of the Indonesian Navy's Tactical Commanding Operator (TACCO) help with the search for AirAsia flight QZ 8501 on board a CN235 aircraft over Karimun Java, in the Java Sea December 28, 2014 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Antara Foto/Eric Ireng

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is ready to help with the search for a missing AirAsia plane, which lost contact with air traffic controllers on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore, the U.S. State Department said on Sunday.

“Authorities in the region are leading the search for the missing airplane. As we have in the past, the United States stands ready to assist in any way that’s helpful,” the department said in a statement.

It also confirmed that none of the 155 passengers on the flight was travelling on a U.S. passport.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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