Air Asia A320: QZ8501 Sad news for the aviation world

Update: December 30th
AirAsia Indonesia regrets to inform that The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) today confirmed that the debris found earlier today is indeed from QZ8501, the flight that had lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of 28th December 2014.The debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait around 110 nautical miles south west from Pangkalan Bun.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots, 4 cabin crews and one engineer.

At the present time, search and rescue operations are still in progress and further investigation of the debris found at the location is still underway. AirAsia Indonesia employees have been sent to the site and will be fully cooperating with BASARNAS, National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), and relevant authorities on the investigation.

Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia said: “We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances. We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ8501. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues.”

Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia added: “I am absolutely devastated. This is a very difficult moment for all of us at AirAsia as we await further developments of the search and rescue operations but our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those onboard QZ8501.”

AirAsia Indonesia will be inviting family members to Surabaya, where a dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met. Counsellors, religious and spiritual personnel have also been invited to the family center to provide any necessary services.

Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available. An emergency call centre has been established and available for families seeking information.

Family members of QZ8501, please contact:
Malaysia: +60 3 21795959
Indonesia: +62 2129270811
Singapore: +65 63077688
Korea: 007 98142069940

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ8501.

Update: 11:15pm AEST Still no news of the whereabouts of the flight. Sad news for the passengers, their families and Air Asia Indonesia
Disturbing also to see the manifest (of which I won’t be publishing or tweeting) being made for public opinions across websites and Twitter. That along with obvious distress of family members photo’s being published is just terribly sad.

An Air Asia jet has lost contact with air traffic control.
The jet was travelling from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore when contact was lost.
It has been reported that there are 155 passengers and six crew on-board Flight QZ8501. The majority of the passengers on board were Indonesian.
The aircraft lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6.17am local time.
He said the plane, an Airbus A320-200, had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact.
There are no Australians on-board.
The flight was due in Singapore three hours ago.
In a statement Air Asia said a search was underway.
“At this time, search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service.”
An Emergency Call Centre has been set up for family or friends of those on board the aircraft. The number is: +622129850801.
Going by FlightRadar and looking at various reports, there were storms in the area and it’s possible the unusual route was because of these reasons.
There are unconfirmed reports on the internet that the plane is in Kalimantan. Unknown if it has landed or crashed.
It has been a sad year for airlines this year.
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