AirAsia QZ8501 news: Missing with 155 passengers, rescue operations underway

AirAsia QZ8501 Indonesia-Singapore flight went missing on December 28 (Sun) while on its way to Singapore. The aircraft lost contact with ground control just a few hours after take off.

AirAsia QZ8501 news

AirAsia flight QZ8501 had a total of 162 people on board.

"AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24hrs this morning", AirAsisa said in a report.

According to a statement released by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), the plane lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control while it was in Indonesian air space.

AirAsia QZ8501 departed from Surabaya's Juanda International Airport at around 5:30 am. It was bound to land at Singapore's Changi Airport at around 8:30 am Singapore time.

Of the 162 persons on board, 155 of them were commercial passengers while 7 were crew members - 156 of them are Indonesians, 3 are South Koreans, 1 Malaysian, 1 French, and a Singaporean.

"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", Indonesia's air transportation director general, Djoko Murjatmodjo, told Agence France-Presse.

"The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours", AirAsia said.

At the moment, search and rescue operations are underway, BBC reported.

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