An AirAsia Plane Is Missing And Thought To Have Crashed Near An Island In Indonesia

Sunday, December 28, 2014
By Paul Martin

DEC. 28, 2014

An AirAsia plane that went missing during a flight to Singapore is thought to have crashed near the Indonesian island of Belitung, an official from Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency told local news outlets.
A search and rescue team has been dispatched to the area.

CCTV News reports that wreckage might have been spotted near Belitung Island, but there has been no official confirmation of that yet.

An official from the Indonesian navy told BBC that no wreckage has been found yet.

AirAsia flight QZ 8501, which was flying from from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, lost contact with air traffic control at about 6:17 a.m. on Sunday about halfway through the flight.

Shortly before the plane lost contact with air traffic control, the plane crew asked to deviate from the planned flight path because of bad weather, the Malaysian-based AirAsia said in a statement.

155 Indonesians are on board the plane, along with three people from South Korea, and one from Singapare, Britain, Malaysia, and France. Of those passengers, 16 are children and one is an infant.

Here’s where Belitung Island is located:

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