Sunday, December 28, 2014

AirAsia plane with 162 aboard missing in Indonesia


JAKARTA: AirAsia flight --AirAsia flight QZ8501 -- with 162 people aboard lost contact with ground control on Sunday after takeoff from the Indonesian city of Surabaya on way to Singapore, officials said.The plane lost communication with Indonesia's Surabaya airport 42 minutes after takeoff at 5:35 a.m., Hadi Mustofa, an official of the transportation ministry told Indonesia's MetroTV. It had seven crew and 155 passengers.Fears grow for missing AirAsia flight carrying 162 people after it 'crashes off coast of Indonesia'... as desperate search and rescue mission is suspended due to bad weather and fading light


The AirAsia flight departed Indonesia early on Sunday morning
It was scheduled to land at Singapore's Changi Airport on Sunday morning
The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation said that the plane had contacted Jakarta Air Traffic Control at 6.12am, and lost contact at 6.17am
There were 155 passengers on board, and seven airline crew
Nationalities of the passengers and crew include Singaporean, Malaysian, French, British, South Korean, and Indonesian


Search and rescue operations are underway by Indonesian authorities
There are unconfirmed reports of a wreckage being spotted in the Java Sea, 100 miles away from where the planes was last tracked
Fishing boats and official vessels have been sent out by Indonesia's national search and rescue body from the closest port to where the plane was last tracked