AirAsia flight QZ 8501 carrying 155 people from Indonesia to Singapore missing: Report

An Air Asia flight

Jakarta, Dec 28: An AirAsia flight, Flight QZ 8501, an Airbus 320-200, carrying 155 people from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday, the budget carrier said.

Indonesian Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa reportedly told media, the AirAsia flight lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6:17 am (6.17 pm EST).

Another Indonesian Transport official said the flight had 155 passengers and crew on board.

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

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”.

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.

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

National flag carrier Malaysia Airlines lost two aircraft this year. Its flight MH370 went missing on March 8 on a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board.

On July 17, Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

(With Reuters Inputs)

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