AirAsia Indonesia Flight Goes Missing With 162 People On Board

It's almost impossible to believe this has happened again, but less than 10 months after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on its way to Beijing, another large airplane has reportedly disappeared. AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501, which was flying to Singapore and carrying 162 passengers and crew members, lost contact with air-traffic control early Sunday morning and can not be found.


The plane, which is an Airbus A320-200, reportedly lost control with Jakarta air traffic control about an hour before it was scheduled to land in Singapore. Before they lost sight of it on the radar, the aviation authority says the plane was believed to be flying over the Java Sea and that the pilot had requested a "deviation" from the flight path so that it could avoid bad weather.

The pilots of the plane had reportedly asked to ascend 38,000 feet because of clouds, but six minutes later, the aircraft vanished from the radar. There was reportedly no distress signal from the cockpit.

AirAsia confirmed in a statement that, of the 155 passengers, 138 were adults, 16 were children, and one is an infant. Two pilots and five cabin crew were also on board. Most of the passengers were Indonesian, but several were reportedly from England, France, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea.

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Family members gathered after the plane was scheduled to land, but have not been given a whole heck of a lot of information, which we can all imagine would be frustrating and heartbreaking, but is understandable given the circumstances. With the memory of MH370 still fresh in everybody's minds -- the plane went missing last March -- there's no way some of these passengers' loved ones aren't fearing the worst.

Until more information is released, all we can do is hope and pray for best.

What do you think happened to this plane?


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