AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore confirmed missing
 Tbilisi 17:58 - 28.12.14 «GHN»
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AirAsia flight number QZ8501, bound from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, has lost contact with air traffic control, the airline has confirmed. The missing flight is an Airbus A320-200 with up to 161 people on board.
Indonesia air transport authorities have provided details of the plane's last position, reports GHN based on RT.
"We are coordinating with the rescue team and looking for its position. We believe it is somewhere between Tanjung Pandan, a town on Belitung island, and Kalimantan," Indonesia's air transportation director-general Djoko Murjatmodjo stated, as cited by AFP.
Also, air force spokesman Marsma Hadi Tjahjanto confirmed that the Air Force was using the last point of contact to conduct an air search.
AirAsia has stated that there were 162 passengers on board: 156 Indonesians, one Singaporean, one Malaysian, one French, and three South Koreans.
"At the present time we unfortunately have no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board, but we will keep all parties informed as more information becomes available," the company said.

It added that "search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service."
An Emergency Call Center with the number +622129850801 has been established for family and friends of those who may have been on board the flight.
Airbus has said in a statement they will assist the French safety investigation authority (BEA) and other authorities responsible for looking into the missing flight.
The aircraft, they said, was delivered to Asia six years ago, and had "accumulated about 23,000 flight hours during some 13,600 flights."
The plane could seat up to 180 passengers.
The company added that further factual information would be provided as soon as details had been confirmed and cleared by authorities.
"The thoughts of the Airbus management and staff are with those affected by flight QZ8501," the statement read.

 



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