Air Asia Plane carrying 162 people missing

An Air Asia flight travelling from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore has been declared missing.

The plane, Flight QZ8501, had 162 people on board and was scheduled to land in its destination at 8:30 a.m.‎ local time on Sunday.

The airline has declared that it does not have any information on the status of the passengers and crew on board the Airbus A320-200 plane.

“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 airline said on its Facebook page.

The pilot of the flight, which left Surabaya at 5:20 a.m. had asked for a ‘deviation’ from its flight plan due to bad weather, the BBC quotes an official as saying.

Of the 162 people on board the budget airline, 155 were passengers‎ including 138 adults, 16 children and one infant.

Air Asia Indonesia is an affiliate of Air Asia Malaysia.

Malaysian aviation has suffered two air disasters in 2014 as one plane disappeared and another was shot down over Ukraine.

Flight MH370 carrying 239 people disappeared while travelling to Beijing in March, while Flight MH17 was shot down in July killing all 298 people on board.

Search and rescue for the Air Asia flight is ongoing.


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  • Unbiased

    Still waiting for someone to blame Jonathan for the missing plane….

    • longben

      I will take up your challenge. Jonathan was the pilot of the aircraft and had probably flown it to Otuoke and hidden it behind his late father’s house where he also hid the missing Malaysian plane. And while we are at it, how come Jonathan after 54yrs as the supreme dictator of Nigeria still cannot hand Nigeria a decent national carrier? My dear friend, you and me and the rest of us where born yesterday and Nigeria became independent in 2010. Ever asked youself what manner of people in the year of our lord 2014, will openly campaign and support a man who overthrew a legitimate govt some 31yrs ago and imposed himself on the country for 20 long months before he was kicked into the gutters by his very own kit and kin? In saner climes not faraway from ours, such usurpers were tied to the stakes and executed but in our own very dear naija, they are recycled and labelled “messiahs” by the very same people who ate dust under his jackboots. Oh, i forgot we were all born yesterday!!!!

      • Unbiased

        That is a nice one… Let the Blame game continue my brother but truth will always prevail… Oh, lest i forget, We were all born yesterday…..

        • longben

          Yeah, born yesterday we all were…

  • Buharam Sharia

    Islam again? I suspect Muslim terrorist.