Sunday, December 28, 2014

Breaking News: Air Asia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore missing

SINGAPORE — An AirAsia flight carrying 162 people from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control today (Dec 28). The plane was due to arrive in Singapore at 8.30am. Stay tuned for live updates.

5.41pm: Singapore reacts: Second Minister of Defence and former Chief of Army Chan Chun Sing says Singapore is working closely with their Indonesian counterparts on the search.

5.03pm: AP reports: The Airbus A320 is a workhorse of modern aviation. The A320 family of jets has a very good safety record, with just 0.14 fatal accidents per million takeoffs. AirAsia has never lost a plane before and has a good safety track record.
4.50pm: AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes is on his way to Surabaya.

4.36pm: Airbus says QZ 8501 had accumulated approximately 23,000 flight hours in some 13,600 flights. The aircraft manufacturer will be providing full assistance to the French safety investigation authority, BEA, and to the authorities in charge of the investigation.
4.23pm: Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean visited families at Changi Airport.

4.05pm: Indonesia has accepted Singapore’s offer to assist in the search and locate efforts, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. Indonesian authorities requested for one C-130 plane for now. The plane has already been launched.
4.02pm: Changi Airport Group says it will issue a statement in the next hour on accomodation arrangements for relatives of people onboard QZ8501.
3.56pm: A China foreign ministry spokesperson said that Beijng shared “deep concerns” over the safety of people on board QZ8501. Both Chinese missions in Singapore and Indonesia are keeping track of the situation, according to the spokesperson.
Mr Bian Liangwei, whose brother was on flight MH370, told South China Morning Post: "I hope all the people aboard the Air Asia flight are fine. After all, there's no confirmation yet."
3.50pm: Malaysia has set up a rescue coordination centre and are deploying assets now to aid in the search, says Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai.

3.45pm: Members of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation arrived at Changi Airport to offer support to family members. They were not allowed to enter into the holding area.

3.07pm: AirAsia senior management in Singapore say current plan is for media briefing to be held in Indonesia.
2.57pm: According to real-time weather monitoring & lightning detection network Weather Bug, there were lightning strikes near path of flight QZ8501 between 2309hrs & 2320hrs UTC. around the time the flight went missing.

2.43pm: South Korean foreign ministry confirm one male and one female in their thirties and an infant were onboard.
2.39pm: Flight lost contact somewhere between waters off Kalimantan and Tanjung Pandan, says transport minister.
2.37pm: Indonesian transport minister say search and locate operations will be focused on an area off East Java.
2.27pm: Prime Minister Najib tweets his condolences

2.23pm: Indonesia officials reportedly saying no way QZ8501 could still be in the air as it would have run out of fuel.
2.14pm: Malaysia's transport minister Liow Tiong Lai at AirAsia HQ in Kuala Lumpur

2.05pm: Indonesia's transport ministry instructs all ships in the area to look out for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501.
1.49pm: RSAF has two C-130 aircrafts on standby to assist in search-and rescue operations
1.42pm: QZ8501 had last undergone scheduled maintenance on Nov 16 this year: AirAsia
1.30pm: AirAsia statement - Captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours. There were 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew.
The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to enroute weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC).
The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on 16 November 2014.
AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft. The number is: +622129850801.
1.28pm: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tweets

12.52pm: AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes tweets

11:55am: AirAsia has updated its profile picture on Facebook to a grey logo.

11:47am: AirAsia Indonesia confirms that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24am Singapore time.



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