An Air Asia plane disappeared between Indonesia and Singapore
The flight QZ 8501 the Malaysian company was carrying 162 people on board. The pilot asked “deviate” from its flight plan. Research has begun.
An Airbus A320 of the Malaysian company Air Asia Low Cost disappeared Sunday, December 28 between Indonesia and Singapore with 162 people on board, announced the local authorities and the company.
The aircraft was carrying seven crew members and 155 passengers, including 16 children and an infant, said the director general of the Indonesian civil aviation, Djoko Murjatmodjo. According to MetroTV television channel, 149 Indonesians were on board, and three South Koreans, a Briton, a Malaysian and Singaporean.
Contact with air traffic control in Jakarta was lost between Surabaya, on the island of Java, and Singapore at 7:55 am local time, said a spokesman for the Indonesian Ministry of Transport, JA Barata.
The pilot requested a diversion
The QZ8501 flight left Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 5:20 and had to land at Singapore Changi Airport at 8:30 am local time (1:30 Paris time).
According to a statement from the Directorate of Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the aircraft stopped responding while he was still in Indonesian airspace, “200 nautical miles (350 kilometers) southeast of the border between flight information regions in Jakarta and Singapore. ”
The pilot asked “deviate” from its flight plan because of bad weather, said the Malaysian company.
“The plane had asked to deviate because of the weather,” the company said in a message on his Facebook account. “Communication with the aircraft was lost while he was still under the control of the Indonesian authorities Air Traffic (ATC),” said Air Asia.
The research launched
Operations were launched from the center of search and rescue on the island of Bangka, Java Sea. Murjatmodjo Djoko said that the efforts were focused on an area between the neighboring island of Belitung and Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo island, about halfway through the flight.
Air Asia said has no “information on the situation of passengers and crew on board.” Crisis units were activated at Changi and Surabaya to accommodate relatives of the passengers.
2014 is already a bad year for the Malaysian aviation with the loss of two aircraft of the National Malaysia Airlines.
On March 8, the flight MH370 disappeared shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. His disappearance remains unexplained to this day. The unit would be damaged in the southern Indian Ocean, fuel.
On July 17, another Boeing Malaysia Airlines, liaising Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur, exploded in flight, presumably shot down by a missile during its flight over eastern Ukraine. It was carrying 298 people, including 193 Dutch nationals.