An Air Asia Plane traveling from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people aboard has lost its contact with air traffic control after it requested to deviate from its flight path due to bad weather.
Air Asia flight QZ 8501 had seven crew and 155 passengers, including 16 children and one infant, according to the general manager of Surabaya’s Juanda airport, Trikora Raharjo.
“There were six foreigners — three South Koreans including an infant and one each from Singapore, British and Malaysia, said Raharjo. The rest were Indonesians.”
“AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 hrs this morning,” AirAsia’s statement on Twitter.
“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 airline company added.
However, the captain in command had 6,100 flying hours and the first officer had 2,275 flying hours, according to AirAsia Company.
The said aircraft last underwent maintenance on Nov. 16.
Metro TV said that QZ 8501 took off from Surabaya at 5:20 A.M. (UTC/GMT +7 hours) on Sunday and was scheduled to land at Changi Airport in Singapore at 8.30 A.M.
The uncertain fate of the aircraft involved is an Airbus A320-216 registered PK-AXC.
Indonesia's acting director general of transportation, Djoko Murjatmodjo told the reporters that there is no distress signal had been sent.
The plane is believed to have gone missing somewhere over the Java Sea, between Tanjung Pandan on Belitung island and Pontianak, in Indonesia's part of Kalimantan island, Mujatmodjo said.
At this time, search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service.
AirAsia established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for family or friends of those who may have been on aboard the aircraft.
Emergency Call Number: +622129850801
AirAsia's social media accounts after the announcement of the missing plane, changed their logos from a cheerful red to a somber gray to spread awareness and emphasize the saddest day of the year for the airline company.
Source: Mashable, Inquirer.net