“We ended at 5:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. GMT) because it was getting dark. The weather was also not too good as it was getting really cloudy,” transport ministry official Hadi Mustofa said, as quoted by AFP. “Tomorrow we will begin at 7 am, or even earlier than that if the weather is good,” he further said.
RSAF C-130 aircraft currently enroute to support search and locate efforts for #QZ8501. (File picture) pic.twitter.com/JQmUOnCDCb— Our Singapore Army (@OurSgArmy) 28 декабря 2014
Earlier on today, it was reported that the plane Airbus A320-200 operated by AirAsia company, heading from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore, disappeared from the radars.
Very sad to hear that AirAsia Indonesia QZ8501 is missing. My thoughts are with the families. Malaysia stands ready to help.— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) 28 декабря 2014
#QZ8501: Singapore offers assistance for search and locate efforts http://t.co/3i0JrP7sCC— Singapore Government (@govsingapore) 28 декабря 2014
According to the statement issued by AirAsia, air traffic control lost contact with flight QZ8501 at 07:24 local time (00:24 GMT). The aircraft carried 155 passengers and seven crew members on board. Most passengers on board were Indonesian; three passengers were South Koreans, and one French, Malaysian and Singaporean.
The plane was operated by an Indonesian captain, who had a substantial number of flying hours a total of 6,100, and a French co-pilot with a total of 2,275 flying hours, according to AP.
I’ve spoken to President Widodo tonight to convey Australia’s sadness at the #AirAsia #QZ8501 tragedy and offered all we can to assist— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) 28 декабря 2014
Reports in Indonesia that Australia is sending three RAAF P-3 Orion maritime surveillance aircraft to search for the missing #AirAsia plane— Michael Bachelard (@mbachelard) 28 декабря 2014
Basarnas spokesperson previously said the plane had been caught in turbulence, attempted to change the course and had crashed into the sea. Indonesian Ministry of Transportation has not confirmed this information.
AirAsia Group CEO Anthony Fernandes said Sunday on Twitter that the disappearance of flight QZ8501 was his "worse nightmare."
I am touched by the massive show of support especially from my fellow airlines. This is my worse nightmare. But there is no stopping.— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) 28 декабря 2014
AirAsia Indonesia operates domestic flights within the Indonesian archipelago and international flights to Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Thailand. The company is an affiliate of the Malaysian company AirAsia. In 2007, AirAsia Indonesia was banned from operating flights to the European Union (EU) due to safety concerns; however, the ban was lifted in July 2010, the BBC reports.
Technology to find lost mobile exist, but not to find a jet. 85 planes missing since 1948. How it's possible? #QZ8501 pic.twitter.com/b9DSwGWTNy— Etienne (@etienneja) 28 декабря 2014