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Search for Missing AirAsia Flight Resumes Tuesday Morning

Contributed by on December 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Air Asia Plane Take off

AirAsia plane takes off from Phuket Airport. AirAsia group operates scheduled domestic and international flights to 100 destinations spanning 22 countries

The search for AirAsia flight #QZ8501 will resume at 6am local time on Tuesday (Monday evening EST). Search and rescue groups from Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia have been working together to locate the missing place since Sunday. A number of other nations, including Australia, France, and China, are now also assisting in the search.

 

The flight, headed for Singapore, took off from Surabaya, on the Indonesian island of Java, at 5:27am local time and lost contact with air traffic control two hours later over the Java Sea. About six minutes after the pilot requested to ascend in order to avoid a large storm in the area, the plane went missing from radar. No distress call was made.

 

Debris spotted on Monday by an Australian search plane has now been confirmed as unrelated to flight #QZ8501. Given the length of time since the plane went missing on Sunday morning, officials have little hope of finding survivors.

 

If flight #QZ8501 has indeed been lost, it will be the first fatal accident for the 18 year-old AirAsia airline, but the third fatal accident for a Malaysian airline company in 2014.

 

On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared while flying between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. A multinational search effort has failed to locate any wreckage to date. 227 passengers and 12 crew are assumed dead.

 

On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew aboard. Initial analyses indicated that the plane was shot down by pro-separatist Ukrainians using a surface-to-air missile; however, the Russian government denies this claim. A Dutch investigation is expected to release its findings in 2015.

 

156 of the 162 people aboard AirAsia Flight #QZ8501 are Indonesian. Other nationalities on board include Singaporean, Malaysian, French, British, and South Korean. Of the 155 passengers, 17 are children.