AirAsia flight to Singapore missing

JARKATA - An AirAsia Indonesia airliner flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board has lost contact with air traffic control.

Flight QZ8501 went missing at around 06:20 local time (23:20 GMT).

The plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared midway into the flight of more than two hours and no distress call was issued.

Indonesian military planes and aircraft from Singapore are searching an area of the Java Sea.

The flight left the Indonesian city of Surabaya in eastern Java at 05:20 local time (22:20 GMT) and was due to arrive in Singapore at 08:30 (00:30 GMT).

The missing jet had requested a "deviation" from the flight path due to bad weather, AirAsia said.

Indonesia's transport ministry said the pilot had asked permission to climb to 38,000 ft (11,000m) to avoid thick cloud.

AirAsia, a budget airline which owns 49% of AirAsia Indonesia, is based in Malaysia and has never lost a plane.

However, 2014 has been a difficult year for aviation in Asia: Malaysia's national carrier Malaysia Airlines has suffered two losses - flights MH370 and MH17.

Flight MH370 disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March with 239 passengers and crew. The wreckage, thought to be in southern Indian Ocean, has still not been located.

MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July, killing all 298 on board.

Comments (4)

We will pray for you Asia ..But ASIA may we worship our Heavenly father through the Mighty Lord Jesus Christ and Stop worshiping IDols and Dragons and in the near future Our Lord will demostrate by replying your cries..this is the time and the time is now...

Prophet Andrew - 29 December 2014

I still feel AIRBUS pushed its planes into the market before solving the "electrical issues" that delayed the launch of these giant aircrafts. Boeng was coming fast with its Dreamliner type. I hope for the best for the missing people on board

X-MAN IV - 29 December 2014

Now you were busy celebrating and enjoying satanisim now we are sufferings lets stop satanisim and God will have mercy within us

moses antonio - 29 December 2014

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