The families of 162 people on board #QZ8501 are going to have a very stressful day as the airplane has lost contact with air traffic control, and at time of publishing, is four hours already off schedule.
MISSING PLANE AIR ASIA #QZ8501:
– 6 crew members
– 138 adults
– 16 children
– 1 baby
– 3 Koreans
– 1 Singaporean
– 1 Briton
– 1 Malaysian
— Breaking News Feed (@pzf) December 28, 2014
An AirAsia Airbus A320-200 has gone missing on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, according to the National Agency Search and Rescue Republic of Indonesia.
The plane, flight QZ8501, which reportedly had 162 people on board, lost contact at 7:24 a.m. local time near Belitung Island, Indonesia, according to a statement from AirAsia.
“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,” AirAsia said.
…Search and rescue operations were in progress, AirAsia said.
The plane lost communication with Indonesia’s Surabaya airport 42 minutes after takeoff, when it was believed to be over the Java Sea between Kalimantan and Java islands, Hadi Mustofa, an official of the transportation ministry told Indonesia’s MetroTV.
Mustofa said the plane had seven crew and 155 passengers.
Here’s the statement from AirAsia:
— CBC News (@CBCNews) December 28, 2014
There are some reports that the pilot of the plane requested an odd route right before losing contact.
— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) December 28, 2014
— TODAY (@TODAYonline) December 28, 2014
Let’s pray that the airplane is found and all the passengers return home safely.