Latest on the AirAsia aircraft, QZ8501, which was scheduled to arrive at 8.30 am from Surabaya but lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control at 7.24 am today is that Indonesia has called of search mission till first light . Singapore air traffic control was informed of disappearance after the flight failed to contact at 7.54 am Jakarta air traffic control.
Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, an Airbus 320-200, was carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members when it went missing after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight. The AirAsia flight was traveling from Indonesia’s Surabaya city to Singapore.
About the nationality of those on the flight, the airline made the statement that 155 were Indonesians, three South Koreans and one each from Singapore, Malaysia and Britain, plus a French pilot.
Tony Fernandes, chief of Malaysia’s AirAsia, before heading to Surabaya wrote on Twitter: “My only thoughts are with the passengers and my crew. We put our hope in the SAR (search and rescue) operation and thank the Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysian governments.”
Also, AirAsia changed its logo to grey background on its website and social media accounts to show solidarity with those affected.
No distress signal had been sent, said Joko Muryo Atmodjo, an Indonesian transport ministry official. According to a PTI report, India has offered assistance in search ops, keeping 3 Navy ships on standby.
This distressing incident comes after Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 went missing and has not been found yet. Later, Flight MH17 of the same airlines was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. And now AirAsia flight QZ8501 has gone missing. It seems to be a troubled year for Malaysia-affiliated airlines.