Air Asia Flight QZ8501 remains missing hours after it lost radio contact with Jakarta Air Traffic Control (ATC) Sunday, 28th December 2014. The aircraft, an Airbus 320-200 had 155 passengers on board.
According to reports, the plane lost contact with Jakarta ATC at 6:18 a.m. Surabaya time shortly after its pilots requested a deviation from its flight plan reportedly to avoid bad weather. Satellite weather data confirm stormy weather in the area at the time the aircraft lost contact.
In a Twitter post, AirAsia Indonesia reported QZ8501 had “lost contact” with Jakarta ATC at about 7:24 a.m. (Indonesia). However, other reports put the actual time radio contact was lost at 6:17 a.m. (Indonesia) and disappearance from radar a minute later at 6:18 a.m. Indonesian authorities then declared the plane officially missing at 7:55 a.m.
As of this writing, the search operations had reportedly been temporarily called off due to poor visibility and bad weather.
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