MAKASSAR - After five days of searching, there's still no still no trace of an Indonesian jetliner missing with 102 people aboard. American experts arrived on Indonesia's Sulawesi island earlier today to help investigate the apparent crash of budget carrier Adam Air. The Boeing 737 vanished after battling fierce winds and storms.
No mayday was issued before the jet fell from radar screens. And there's been no emergency location signal to guide thousands of rescuers fanning out across the area's dense jungles and surrounding seas. Indonesia's vice president has been meeting with relatives of passengers aboard the missing flight. He promised to spare no efforts in finding out what happened "even if it takes a month."
A US aviation expert thinks that whatever happened to the plane was "rapid and catastrophic." Possible theories include massive structural failure or an onboard explosion.