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AirAsia Flight Goes Missing

December 28, 2014  |  Posted by: JammedUp
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An AirAsia flight has disappeared over the Java Sea with 162 people on board early Sunday.

Flight 8501 was two hours into the three and half hour flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore when the plane lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control at 6:24 a.m. local time (6:24 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday).

Indonesia’s acting director general of transportation,  Djoko Murjatmodjo, said the pilot had “asked requested to deviate the flight course and increase elevation up to 34,000 feet because of turbulent weather.”

Murjatmodjo also said that there was no distress signal from the plane.”We don’t dare to presume what has happened except that it has lost contact,” Murjatmodjo told reporters. Flight 8501 was last seen on radar at 6:16 a.m., and a minute later was no longer there, he said.

Sunardi, a weather forecaster at the Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency who uses only one name, told the Associated Press that dense storm clouds were detected up to 44,000 feet in the same area at the time the plane was reported to have lost contact.

“There could have been turbulence, lightning and vertical as well as horizontal strong winds within such clouds,” he said.

The single-aisle Airbus A320-200 had an Indonesian captain and a French co-pilot, five cabin crew and 155 passengers, including 16 children and one infant, AirAsia Indonesia said in a statement. Among the passengers were three South Koreans and one each from Singapore and Malaysia. The rest were Indonesians.

The airline’s statement added that the plane’s captain had a total of 6,100 flying hours, while the first officer had flown 2,275 hours.

A total of 162 passengers were aboard the flight including 17 children. Search and rescue operations were underway but has since been postponed due to the weather.

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