Search Operation Resumes for Missing AirAsia Jet (update)


A massive search and rescue operation has resumed for an AirAsia Indonesia jet that lost contact with air traffic control over the Java Sea during a flight to Singapore shortly after the pilots requested a change of flight plan because of weather.

One of the ships that is part of the search and rescue effort reached the search location around Belitung Island this morning.

Darkness and bad weather had forced the suspension of the search last evening.

The flight had 155 passengers on board.


AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore goes missing

An AirAsia flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control.

A Transport Ministry official said the aircraft, flight number QZ 8501, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 2317 GMT.

The Airbus 320-200 had 155 passengers and crew on board.

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