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Belitung

(bɪˈliːtʊŋ)
n
(Placename) another name for Billiton

Be•li•tung

(bɛˈli tɒŋ)

also Billiton



n.
an island in Indonesia, between Borneo and Sumatra. 100,000; 1866 sq. mi. (4833 sq. km).
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The plane had been en route to Pangkal Pinang city, a jumping off point for beach-and-sun seeking tourists on nearby Belitung Island, when it dropped out of contact around 6:30 am (2330 GMT).
'If the central government grants the status, the two SEZs will complement the National Priority Strategic Area (KSPN) of Tanjung Kelayang located on Belitung Island, the second largest island in the province,' said Thomas.
Search and recovery efforts were directed at sweeping the Karimata Strait from Belitung Island to the waters off West Kalimantan, a area with a 270-nautical-mile (500 km) radius.
Air force spokesman Rear Marshal Hadi Tjahnanto told MetroTV that an Indonesian helicopter spotted two oil patches in the Java Sea east of Belitung island, much closer to where the plane lost contact.
Twelve navy ships, five planes, three helicopters and a number of warships are searching an area of east and south-east Belitung island and nearby waters, said First Admiral Sigit Setiayana, of the Naval Aviation Centre Command at the Surabaya air force base.
''Until now, we have not yet found any signal or indication of the plane's whereabouts,'' Soelistyo told The Associated Press, adding fishermen from Belitung island were also helping.
Indonesia and Singapore launched a search and rescue operation for Flight 8501 near Belitung island in Java Sea over which the jetliner lost contact with ground traffic control, about 42 minutes after taking off from Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city.
It followed an unconfirmed report of a wreckage east of Belitung Island, off the east coast of Sumatra, 100 miles from where it was last tracked.
"However, we cannot be sure whether it is part of the missing AirAsia plane," ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/australian-plane-spots-objects-sea-airasia-search-area-27871565 ) quotes Putranto, "We are now moving in that direction, which is in cloudy conditions." The search for the plane near Belitung island, was suspended on Sunday night.
"However, we cannot be sure whether it is part of the missing AirAsia plane," Putranto said, "We are now moving in that direction, which is in cloudy conditions." AirAsia Flight 8501: What we know Air Force spokesman Rear Marshal Hadi Tjahnanto told MetroTV that an Indonesian helicopter in the eastern part of Belitung island spotted two oily spots on the sea about 105 nautical miles east of Tanjung Pandan - much closer to the point of last contact.
Pontianak in West Kalimantan and Tanjung Pandan in Belitung Island
Tanjung Pandan is the main town on Belitung island, roughly half-way between Surabaya and Singapore, and Singapore's Channel News Asia television said there was bad weather over the island at the time the plane went missing.