KUALA LUMPUR, December 28th 2014 (Sunday): An Indonesia AirAsia flight (QZ 8501) from Surabaya, Indonesia has lost contact with air traffic control on at 6:17 AM (local time, Indonesia) – 2317 hrs GMT.
All times are stated in Malaysian Standard Time (MST, GMT +8:00) unless specified otherwise.
An official from Indonesian Transport Ministry, Hadi Mustofa said the plane asked for unusual route before losing contact with air traffic controller.
The flight is scheduled to arrive Singapore at 8:30 AM but it has yet to arrive.
It is currently unknown whether Flight QZ 8501 has anything to do with the weather or not.
Shortly after departure, the aircraft disappeared at cruising altitude and speed. Main article: AirAsia QZ 8501 flight path
It deviated few degrees by heading from it original route shortly before it disappeared. From weather data near to the point of lost contact, the aircraft is seen traversing through bad weather area.
Passengers and Crew
The Airbus A320-200 had 155 passengers for QZ 8501. The total figure given by TIME is 162.
The flight comprise of 149 Indonesians, 2 Koreans, 1 Singaporean, 1 Briton and 1 Malaysian (source).
The pilot is identified as Iriyanto.
The aircraft in flight QZ 8501, Airbus A320-200 is registered as PK-AXC. The ICAO-designated PK-prefix means it is registered in Indonesia.
The aircraft has just 4.5 hours of fuel left at the time of disappearance.
Search and Rescue Process
The aircraft is confirmed missing as of 7:55 AM while the last contact occured at 7:24 AM (6:24 AM Western Indonesia Time).
Day 1: Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia worked together to search for the missing plane. Australia has also offered assistance of deemed necessary. No positive results have been found.
Day 2: Royal Australian Air Force and Navy has joined the search. As of 11:21 AM, no positive results have been found.
The aircraft is registered in Indonesia and owned by an Indonesian company, AirAsia Indonesia. Besides, the incident does not occur in Malaysia. Therefore, Malaysian government is not involved with this incident. Read more here.
AirAsia has established an emergency call centre for family and friends of those who are affected. The phone number is +622129850801.
Please check back this page for updates.