Written by Staff Writer
28 Dec, 2014 | 6:32 pm
Reports say, that the families of those on board have gathered to await news in Surabaya.
AirAsia airliner flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board went missing Sunday morning.
The flight left the Indonesian city of Surabaya in eastern Java at 05:20 local time (22:20 GMT) and was due to arrive in Singapore at 08:30 (00:30 GMT).
Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control at around 06:20 local time (23:20 GMT) over the Java Sea.
The plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared midway into the flight of more than two hours from the city of Surabaya. No distress call was made.
Bad weather was reported in the area. A search operation has been suspended for the night.
Planes from Indonesia and Singapore had been scouring an area of sea between Kalimantan and Java.
The Air Asia reported the missing jet had requested a “deviation” from the flight path due to storm clouds.
No wreckage has been found as yet.
AirAsia, a budget airline which owns 49% of AirAsia Indonesia, is based in Malaysia and has never lost a plane in its history.
However, 2014 has been a difficult year for aviation in Asia: Malaysia’s national carrier Malaysia Airlines has suffered two losses – flights MH370 and MH17.
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