MISSING: AirAsia Flight From Indonesia To Singapore Loses Contact, Whereabouts Unknown


An AirAsia flight traveling from Indonesia to Singapore went missing Saturday night after losing contact with air traffic control.

AirAsia flight 8501, which took off from the Indonesian city of Surabaya, was carrying a reported 155 passengers.

 The plane took off from Surabaya Juanda International Airport at 5:27 a.m. Sunday (4:27 p.m. Saturday EST), and was set to land in Singapore at 8:37 a.m. (7:30 p.m. Saturday, EST), according to CNN.

All but six of the passengers aboard the flight are Indonesian, with three others coming from South Korea, and one each from the United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Singapore, per CNN.

AirAsia released a statement at 10:41 p.m. EST confirming the plane’s missing status:

“AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24hrs this morning.

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 aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. 

At this time, search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service. 

AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft. The number is: 01.

AirAsia will release further information as soon as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the AirAsia website, www.airasia.com.“