Sunday, December 28, 2014

Search and rescue operation for missing #AirAsia jet suspended

An AirAsia flight carrying 162 people, including one Briton, has lost contact with air traffic control between Indonesia and Singapore.
Rescuers scouring the Java Sea for a missing AirAsia Indonesia plane with 162 aboard halted their search at nightfall on Sunday and will resume on Monday, Indonesia’s transport ministry said.
AirAsia Flight QZ8501 was travelling from Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday morning, had 155 passengers and seven crew members on board. There were 155 Indonesians, one Singaporean, one Malaysian, one French, one British and three South Koreans.

“The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to en route weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian air traffic control,” AirAsia said in a statement.
Nationality wise breakdown of passenger and crew on board QZ8501 as follows:

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

Nationalities of crew:
1 France
6 Indonesia