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Sunday, December 28, 2014

AirAsia airbus lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower 162 people missing

An AirAsia flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday. Stay with TOI for live updates.
An AirAsia flight carrying 155 people from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday, officials in the region and the budget carrier said.

Flight QZ 8501, an Airbus 320-200, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6:17 a.m. (2317 GMT), Indonesian transport ministry official Hadi Mustofa told media.

It had 155 passengers and 7 crew members on board, another Indonesian transport official said.

Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia confirmed its flight had lost contact with air traffic control and said a search-and-rescue operation had been launched.

Mustofa said the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact.

Indonesian media said 149 Indonesians, three people from Korea, and one each from Singapore, Britain and Malaysia were on board.

Among the passengers, 138 were adults, 16 children and a baby.

The flight had been due in Singapore at 8:30 a.m. Singapore time (0030 GMT). The Singapore airport said on its website the status of the flight was "delayed".

The incident comes at the end of a disastrous year for Malaysia's airlines.

National flag carrier Malaysia Airlines lost two aircraft this year.
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AirAsia airbus lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower 162 people missing


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