AirAsia Flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore Missing

AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore went missing Sunday morning, December 28, 2014.

Following the incident, AirAsia immediately released their official statement about the sad news on Facebook, which reads:

AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (Surabaya LT) this morning. The flight took off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 0535hours.

There were 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew.

Nationalities of passengers and crew onboard were 1 Singapore, 1 Malaysia, 1 France, 3 South Korean and 156 Indonesia.

At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

Read full statement here.

Initial report said, the pilot requested to change route due to bad weather. More details will be posted here once released online.

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