Saturday, December 27, 2014

Another SouthEast Asia Airplane Crash

A sign informing the next-of-kins of passengers of AirAsia flight QZ 8501 from Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore is seen next to an information counter at Changi Airport.
From AirAsia Facebook website:
AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (Surabaya LT) this morning. The flight took off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 0535hours.
 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 in command had 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. Also on board were 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew.
 Nationalities of passengers and crew onboard are as below:
1 Singapore
1 Malaysia
3 South Korean
157 Indonesia
 At this time, 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.
 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: +622129850801.
Malaysian Airlines lost 2 large aircraft within the past year or so and now a large plane from Indonesia is lost and my guess, crashed somewhere in the ocean.
Hopefully, they will be able to find this plane and perhaps some survivors.
Update:  They still have not found the plane even though Indonesia and Singapore have been searching for hours for the plane.
Very eerie.

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