AIRASIA PLANE DISAPPEARS WITH 162 PEOPLE ABOARD! [VIDEO]

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An AirAsia plane with 161 people aboard, destined for Singapore, lost contact with ground control after takeoff from Indonesia’s Surabaya airport. Search and rescue are underway.

Flight QZ8501 lost communication with Jakarta’s air traffic control at 7:24 a.m. Singapore time, about an hour before it was scheduled to land in Singapore, the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement. The contact was lost about 42 minutes after takeoff from Indonesia’s Surabaya airport, Hadi Mustofa, an official of the transportation ministry told Indonesia’s MetroTV.

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AirAsia said in a statement that the plane was an Airbus A320-200. The plane had six crew and 155 passengers, including 16 children and one infant, the general manager of Surabaya’s Juanda airport, Trikora Raharjo, told The Associated Press. There were six foreigners aboard the flight, three South Koreans including the infant and one each from Singapore, British and Malaysia, the rest were Indonesian, said Raharjo.

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The plane lost contact when it was approximately over the Java Sea between Kalimantan and Java islands, the weather in the area was cloudy, Mustofa said.

The Singapore aviation authority said it was informed about the missing plane by Jakarta ground control about half an hour after the contact was lost. “Search and rescue operations have been activated by the Indonesian authorities,” it said, adding that the Singapore air force and the navy also were activated with two C-130 planes.

Budget carrier AirAsia said they have never lost a plane before.

This is the official statement from Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore:

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28 December 2014, 11:30am Local Time:- An Indonesia AirAsia aircraft, QZ8501, scheduled to arrive at 0830 hours local time from Surabaya, lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control at 0724 hours local time today. Singapore air traffic control was informed of this loss of contact at 0754 hours by Jakarta air traffic control. The aircraft was in the Indonesian Flight Information Region (FIR) when contact was lost, more than 200 nm southeast of the Singapore-Jakarta FIR boundary.

Search and rescue operations have been activated by the Indonesian authorities from the Pangkal Pinang Search and Rescue office.

The Singapore Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC), managed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and supported by various agencies, including the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), has also been activated and has offered help to the Indonesian authorities. Two C130s are already on stand-by for this purpose. We remain ready to provide any assistance to support the search and rescue effort.

The CAAS and Changi Airport Group (CAG) Crisis Management Centres have already been activated. We are working with the airline’s crisis management team.

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A waiting area, and all necessary facilities and support have been set up for relatives and friends of the affected passengers at Changi Airport Terminal 2 (Level 3).

When further information is released, we will have an update.

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UPDATE! 

According to SPUTNIK NEWS – 

The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation is currently verifying information claiming that the missing AirAsia aircraft has made an emergency landing in the eastern part of the Belitung island in the Java Sea, the ministry’s representative said Sunday.

“We at the [crisis] center [in Jakarta] have not received such information yet. According to some data, our colleagues in Surabaya have learned it. We are currently checking this,” the ministry’s representative J. A. Barata told Detik.com.

According to Detik.com, a relative of a missing passenger received a text message from an unknown sender, stating that the plane made an emergency landing and all passengers were alive.

We will keep you updated.

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