Edited time: December 28, 2014 04:57
AirAsia flight number QZ8501, bound from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, has lost contact with air traffic control, the airline has confirmed. The missing flight is an Airbus A320-200 with up to 162 people on board.
The plane lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control on Sunday, Indonesian media said, citing Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa.
Mustofa said the contact was lost at 6:17 a.m. local time (23:17 GMT on Saturday), after the crew asked for an “unusual route.”
According to an Indonesian transport official, there are 155 passengers and crew aboard the plane. Other local media, however, cited a figure of 162 people.
The Sunday Times of Singapore reported that there were 155 people on board the Airbus: 149 Indonesians, three Koreans, and individual passengers from the United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The flight was due to land in Singapore at 8:30 a.m. local time (00:30 GMT) and was listed as “delayed.”
AirAsia has confirmed the plane has gone missing in a statement.
“At the present time we unfortunately have no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board, but we will keep all parties informed as more information becomes available,” the company said.
It added that “search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service.”
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said that services have been “activated” to help Indonesia search for the missing flight.
An Emergency Call Center with the number +622129850801 has been established for family and friends of those who may have been on board the flight.
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AirAsia Flight Crashes Into Water Due to Turbulence: Rescue Agency
08:57 28.12.2014(updated 10:09 28.12.2014)
An AirAsia flight with about 160 people on board en route from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control earlier in the day.
“AirAsia Airbus A320, flight QZ 8501, flying from Surabaya [Indonesia] to Singapore fell into water near Belitung island [Indonesia],” Republika newspaper quoted the agency’s representative as saying.According to the statement issued by AirAsia, flight QZ8501 has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 local time (00:24 GMT). There were 155 passengers on board, including 17 children, two pilots and five cabin crew.
Search and rescue operations are underway under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). AirAsia Indonesia is assisting the investigation.
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