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AirAsia Flight From Indonesia To Singapore Goes Missing

| by Charles Roberts

An AirAsia flight with 162 total people on board has lost contact with ground control.

According to BBC, the flight in question, number QZ8501, was traveling from Indonesia to Singapore when it suddenly lost communication with Indonesia’s Surabaya airport.

The Washington Post reports that Hadi Mustofa, a transportation ministry official, told Indonesia’s MetroTV that the flight ceased communicating with the airport roughly 42 minutes after takeoff at about 5:35 a.m. local time.

The plane apparently lost contact somewhere over the Java Sea, between Kalimantan and Java islands.

According to Indonesian reports cited by CBC News, the flight disappeared after air traffic controls were asked for an “unusual route.”

AirAsia released the following statement:

The flight reportedly carried 149 Indonesians, 3 Koreans, 1 Singaporean, 1 Briton, 1 Malaysian, according to Steve Herman of Voice Of America.

We will continue to update this story as more information comes in.

Sources: Washington Post, BBC, CBC, Twitter / Photo Credit: WikiCommons