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Malaysia-based AirAsia flight to Singapore confirmed missing

Search and rescue operations are underway for AirAsia flight QZ8501 that was reported missing after it took off from Indonesia en route to Singapore.

According to the Malaysia-based corporation, there were 162 souls on board.

Meanwhile, news channel CCTV said that an airplane wreckage has reportedly been found east of Belitung Island in Indonesia.

Authorities, however, have still to confirm if it is the missing plane.

Air Asia, a Malaysian low-cost airline headquartered near Kuala Lumpur, has already issued a statement earlier. The Facebook post 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.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were two pilots, four flight attendants and one engineer on board.

The 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.

Nationalities of passengers and crew onboard are as below:

1 Singapore
1 Malaysia
1 France
3 South Korean
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.

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.

AirAsia will release further information as soon as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the AirAsia website,www.airasia.com. "--BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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