AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore goes missing

AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (23:24 GMT) on Sunday morning. The flight took off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 05:35 hours.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were two pilots, four flight attendants and one engineer on board. The captain is reported to have a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours.

There were 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant. The nationalities of passengers and crew onboard are as follows:

  • 1 Singapore
  • 1 Malaysia
  • 1 France
  • 3 South Korean
  • 156 Indonesia

AirAsia in a statement on FaceBook says that search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to enroute weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC).

The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on 16 November 2014.