Air Asia QZ8501: Missing flight 'crashed' in East Pacific Islands

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Contact Lost With AirAsia Flight To Singapore

Contact Lost With AirAsia Flight To Singapore

An AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic controllers, according to local media.

Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa said the aircraft, flight number QZ 8501, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6.17 am local time.

He said the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact.

An Indonesian transport official confirmed the plane was an Airbus 320-200 and that 162 passengers and crew were on board.

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Contact Lost With AirAsia Flight To Singapore
Contact Lost With AirAsia Flight To Singapore
 

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Re: Contact Lost With AirAsia Flight To Singapore

Where did it lose contact with the ATC?
 

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Air Asia QZ8501: Missing flight 'crashed' in East Pacific Islands as authorities checking reports

Indonesian authorities have said there is no information so far to confirm that the missing Air Asia flight QZ8501 has crashed in the East Pacific Islands but they are monitoring this angle.

"We have not confirmed that the plane crashed at that location [East Pacific Islands]. We are still gathering all the information needed," director of civil aviation Mujratmodjo Djoko told Kompas.com.

There were unconfirmed reports earlier which suggested the Airbus 320 with 162 people on board crashed in the sea waters of East Belitung, Bangka Beltung.

According to CNN, there were were heavy thunderstorms where the plane was flying.

Aviation authorities are coordinating with search and rescue personnel, and also with local fishermen in the waters to confirm whether the flight had crashed at the site.

"We are preparing to sweep , with a combined team of the Navy, Polair and other parties," Post Commander Navy Manggar told bangkapos.com.

The aircraft is said to have earlier requested an unusual route instead of the regular one before losing contact.

The flight lost contact about 42 minutes after takeoff while it was cruising in Indonesian airspace.

A surveillance Boeing aircraft has been deployed to assist the ongoing operations.
Really bad year for civil aviation. Sad news to end year with.
 

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Meanwhile in the offices of Western News agencies.

God-damn Putin again. :tsk:

I think we can blame Putin because just like the MH17 there is no evidence to point to Putin. So Putin can be blamed for this, as per the recent fad.

Headlines could be "Putin's turbulence killed my daughter", or "Putin's engines kill innocents". You know the drill.
 
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Meanwhile in the offices of Western News agencies.

God-damn Putin again. :tsk:

I think we can blame Putin because just like the MH17 there is no evidence to point to Putin. So Putin can be blamed for this, as per the recent fad.

Headlines could be "Putin's turbulence killed my daughter", or "Putin's engines kill innocents". You know the drill.
You saved @jouni and @asianobserve a lot of trouble by saying what they were going to say anyway. :)
 
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AirAsia QZ8501: Search to resume for missing flight after anxious relatives spend night in crisis centre - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

On board were 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans and one each from Singapore, Malaysia and Britain, plus a French pilot.
Mr Hansford said another aspect of the flight was that an unconfirmed passenger manifest shows 23 people who booked to fly did not show up.

He said this was explainable, but it is something that authorities should investigate.

"If it's all a connected group, there's nothing of any complexity in it," he said.

"But if they were 23 people who just didn't make it, we could start to wonder why so many people didn't join the plane."
 

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You saved @jouni and @asianobserve a lot of trouble by saying what they were going to say anyway. :)
I do not think it is Putin. Maybe same people who were behind bali bombings decade ago. Two in a year is no co incidence.Some new kind of terrorism.
 
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I do not think it is Putin. Maybe same people who were behind bali bombings decade ago. Two in a year is no co incidence.Some new kind of terrorism.
You'd think someone would claim credit by now.
 

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Re: Contact Lost With AirAsia Flight To Singapore

WHAT WE KNOW

Flight QZ 8501 from Surabaya to Singapore
155 passengers - 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant
7 crew members - 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew
Airbus A320-200, registration number PK-AXC
Last scheduled maintenance on 16 November 2014
Departed Surabaya at 5.35am local time
Lost contact with air traffic control at 7:24am local time
Captain had 20,537 flying hours - 6,100 with the A320; first officer had 2,275 flying hours
Pilot had asked for permission to fly higher to avoid clouds shortly before the plane disappeared
Plane was last seen between the Indonesian island of Belitung, and Pontianak in Borneo.
Bad weather was present over Belitung at the time.
Search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Nationalities of passengers:

1 - Singapore
1 - Malaysia
3 - South Korea
1 - United Kingdom
149 - Indonesia
Nationalities of crew:

Emergency Call Centre: +622129850801

Family Members Hotline:

Malaysia: +60 3 21795959
Indonesia: +62 2129270811
Singapore: +65 63077688
Korea: 007 98142069940
[live] AirAsia flight QZ 8501 - latest updates
[live] AirAsia flight QZ 8501 - latest updates
 

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Meanwhile in the offices of Western News agencies.

God-damn Putin again. :tsk:

I think we can blame Putin because just like the MH17 there is no evidence to point to Putin. So Putin can be blamed for this, as per the recent fad.

Headlines could be "Putin's turbulence killed my daughter", or "Putin's engines kill innocents". You know the drill.

A totally uncalled for sarcasm. This unfortunate tragedy brings another blow to our badly shaken airline industry this year. RIP to the victims of Flight QZ8501.
 

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Re: Contact Lost With AirAsia Flight To Singapore

We are dependent at the moment on reports from teh Indonesian government. The latest of which is on unverified sightings of debris on water.
 

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I do not think it is Putin. Maybe same people who were behind bali bombings decade ago. Two in a year is no co incidence.Some new kind of terrorism.
Flight QZ8501 is most likely weather related crash. MH370 is more puzzling, but I think it crashed in the Indian Ocean. OF the two the Flight QZ8501 could be the easier case to solve.

BTW, Air Asia is the company established by Tony Fernandes. It is the biggest budget airlines in Asia.
 

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Missing AirAsia flight: Debris from plane, sighting of bodies reported



JAKARTA: Debris spotted during an aerial search for Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 is likely from the missing plane, said Indonesia's director-general of civil aviation, as rescue teams also reported sightings that resembled bodies.

"We are checking whether the people are still alive," navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir told TVOne.
"The position is 10km from the location where the plane was last captured by radar," he said.

Missing AirAsia flight: Debris from plane, sighting of bodies reported - Nation | The Star Online
 

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More than 40 bodies retrieved, says Indonesian navy



JAKARTA: An Indonesian warship recovered more than 40 bodies from the sea on Tuesday in the search for the AirAsia jet, a navy spokesman told AFP.

"Based on the navy radio, it has been reported that the warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 40 bodies and the number is growing. They are very busy now," Mr Manahan Simorangkir said.
One body floating face down was in a white top and black pants, while several others in a row appeared to be holding hands, Detik.com reported.

Missing AirAsia flight: More than 40 bodies retrieved, says Indonesian navy - Nation | The Star Online
 

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Crash Probe to Focus on Request to Climb, Weather

SURABAYA, Indonesia: Investigators into the Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501which crashed into the Java sea are focusing on the timing of the crew's request to climb to a higher altitude to avoid bad weather as a possible factor behind the tragedy, a source close to the probe said.
Among the early lines of inquiry is whether the crew could have asked to ascend, or climbed on their own initiative in case of emergency, at an earlier stage, and what role storms in the area might have played.
Extremely experienced

It was not immediately clear whether Indonesia's only pilots' union represented the captain, Iriyanto, although it works mainly with employees of national carrier Garuda Indonesia. Calls to the union late on Tuesday went unanswered.

Iriyanto, 53, spent more than 10 years as a pilot trainer before flying with airlines including Merpati Airlines, Adam Air and, for the last three years, AirAsia.

The former fighter pilot also flew with the Indonesian Air Force, according to friends and family.
AirAsia QZ8501: Crash probe to focus on request to climb, weather - Nation | The Star Online
 

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