JAKARTA | 2014-12-28 13:21:01
AirAsia plane with 155 on board
loses contact in Indonesia
By Wang Bo
An AirAsia jetliner lost contact with ground control on Sunday of December 28 after takeoff from Indonesia on the way to Singapore, and authorities had launched a search and rescue operation.
The QZ8501 flight lost communication 42 minutes after taking off at 5:35 a.m. in Surabaya airport, staff at Indonesia’s National rescue agency told Xinhua in a phone interview. The plane is scheduled to land in Singapore at 8:30 a.m. local time.
A total of 155 people are onboard the plane, including 149 Indonesians,three South Koreans, one Singaporean, one British and one Malaysian, local media quoted Indonesian Transportation Ministry as saying.
However, other media reports put the number of people onboard at 161.
The missing plane was an Airbus A320-200, aviation officials said.
Indonesian military is deploying forces to search for the plane, after alleged report of plane crashing in the sea between Java and Kalimantan, military sources said.
Meanwhile, AirAsia said in a statement that the search and rescue operations were in progress and promised to “keep all parties informed as more information becomes available.” ( *Source: Xinhua )
KUALA LUMPUR | 2014-12-28 12:02:12
flight QZ8501 lost contact
By Zhao Bochao
AirAsia said on Sunday of December 28 in a statement that it confirmed flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore had lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 this morning.
It said that there was no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board. The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC, it added.
It said that search and rescue operations were in progress at this time, and the airline was cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service.
AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Center for the family or friends of those who may have been on board the plane. The number is: +622129850801 ( *Source: Xinhua )
KUALA LUMPUR | 2014-12-28 11:54:11
• AirAsia confirms flight QZ8501 lost contact
By Zhao Bochao
AirAsia said Sunday in a statement that it confirmed flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore had lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 this morning. ( *Source: Xinhua )