AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Goes Missing Near Indonesia
The flight went missing early Sunday carrying 162 people, after the pilot requested a change of course due to bad weather.By Matt Picht | December 28, 2014
An AirAsia passenger jet carrying 162 people has gone missing over the Java Sea during a routine flight from Indonesia to Singapore.
Flight QZ8501 took off from the Indonesian city of Surabaya at about 5:30 a.m. local time Sunday. According to AirAsia, the pilot last made contact with air traffic control at 6:13 a.m., when he asked to change course to avoid bad weather.
There were 155 passengers on board the plane including 16 children, one infant, and seven crew members. Search and rescue operations involving Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia are underway, but their efforts are being hampered by poor weather conditions.