Rescue Official: Missing AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501 likely “at the bottom of the sea”

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AirAsia Indonesia (Jakarta) flight QZ 8501, after a second day of searching, remains missing. No debris from the Airbus A320-216, registered in Indonesia as PK-AXC (msn 3648), operated on a flight from Surabaya to Singapore have been located. Air Traffic Control lost radar contact with the jetliner at 0724 on Sunday morning with 162 passengers and crew members on board.

The flight crew were requesting a higher altitude to avoid severe weather in the area when radar contact was lost. There was not distress call from the crew.

Aircraft and ships continue to search for the aircraft but daylight is now ending on Monday in Indonesia. Oil slicks were discovered at the last known location but officials are unsure if it came from the aircraft.

According to CNN quoting a rescue official, “Our early conjecture is that the plane is in the bottom of the sea,” Bambang Sulistyo, head of Indonesia’s national search and rescue agency, told reporters, saying the view was based on the plane’s flight track and last known coordinates.”

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The latest message from AirAsia:

AirAsia Indonesia has received confirmation from The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) that an international search and rescue mission from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia has been mobilized in the search of flight QZ 8501. The mission in Surabaya has resumed today at 06.00 AM LT (GMT+7).

AirAsia Indonesia continue to support these efforts and has been actively cooperating with the search and rescue authorities.

AirAsia Indonesia’s primary focus remains on the families and Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia is currently stationed at the family centre in Surabaya. We have been keeping the families updated on the search and rescue efforts as well as provide emotional support. Another group of AirAsia officials are providing the same to the families based in Singapore.

Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO, stated on Twitter:

“We will be putting out another statement soon. Thank you for all your thoughts and prays.we must stay strong.”

1 thought on “Rescue Official: Missing AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501 likely “at the bottom of the sea”

  1. Bruce Brown

    This is a callus , flippant statement with no substantiation whatsoever. its pure speculation and he had no right to make a public statement of this nature.

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