Just months after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines MH370 on March 8 over South East Asia, which is yet to be solved, Another Aircraft which belongs to Air Asia went missing this morning. A statement on AirAsia’s Facebook page said: “AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 0724hrs this morning.” The official Page Cover and Logo which is supposed to be in cherry red have been replaced with a grayish tone in correlation with the possible Accident of the Aircraft. The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. Contact with the plane was lost 42 minutes after takeoff. There was 162 aboard and no Indian nationals on board.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM AIR ASIA:
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:
3 South Korean
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.
Searchers are yet to find any debris from Flight MH 370, which officials believe crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.