AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore missing

By Drum Digital
28 December 2014

An AirAsia plane with 161 people on board lost contact with air traffic control en route from Indonesia to Singapore Sunday morning, an official said.

"The AirAsia flight flying from Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with Jakarta at 7:55am (local time)," transport ministry spokesman J.A. Barata told AFP.

The Airbus plane left Juanda international airport in Surabaya in east Java at 5:20am and was expected to arrive in Singapore at 8:30am (0030 GMT).

The plane was carrying six crew and 155 passengers -- 138 adults, 16 children and a baby, Barata said.

The pilot  had requested "deviation" from the its flight plan because of bad weather.

"The aircraft... was requesting deviation due to enroute weather," the Malaysia-based carrier said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

"Communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC)."

Source : Sapa-AFP

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