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AirAsia flight QZ8501 carrying 162 passengers went missing

Dec 29, 2014 12:40 IST

AirAsia flight number QZ8501 went missing with 162 people on board en route from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore on 28 December 2014.

Flight 8501 (Airbus A320-200) lost contact with the air traffic control in Indonesian airspace (over the Java Sea) after pilots requested a change of flight plan due to bad weather. The pilot was not allowed to alter course.

Actions taken to search the missing flight

Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia have launched a search-and-rescue operation near Belitung Island in the Java Sea after the plane went missing. The search operation includes 12 navy ships, five planes, three helicopters and a number of warships.

This is the third incident of the year 2014 in which the Malaysia based carrier has suffered. The two other incidents include
• Still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 (239 passengers and crew no report about them) in March 2014
• Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 (all 298 on board died) in July 2014 over Ukraine


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