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The tail section of AirAsia Indonesia Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC is found (flight QZ 8501)

AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) (Jakarta) tail section from flight QZ 8501 from the pictured Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC (msn 3648) which was operated on a  flight from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 passengers and crew members has been located by divers in the Java Sea. In addition, a section of the fuselage with the aircraft’s PK-AXC registration marks has also been located in the Java Sea. It is now hoped the flight data recorders (not black boxes) will be located near the located tail section.

Tony Fernandes, CEO of the AirAsia Group, stated on his Twitter account; “I am led to believe the tail section has been found. If right part of tail section then the black box should be there.”

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC at Singapore before the tragic accident.

Video: First images of the tail and registration markings:

The latest update on AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501, 39 bodies recovered

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AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) has issued this update on the search for flight QZ 8501:

AirAsia Indonesia wishes to provide an update regarding the latest development on the tenth day of search and rescue operation of QZ 8501 lead by The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia.

The SAR operations continued around the focused area where the aircraft is most likely located. More than 40 vessels and 20 helicopters were deployed and focused to find the exact location of the plane’s wreckage as well as the black box.

The weather was cloudy with light rain and waves at 2–3 meters. However, the underwater current is still strong around 4-5 knots and the visibility is still limited for the sea divers to identify more findings from under the sea.

Indonesian National Armed Forces Commander, General Moeldoko visited the military base at Pangkalan Bun this afternoon, to inspect the search and evacuation operation which is still running today.

This evening, BASARNAS also confirmed to recover two more remains from the focused search area. The two remains are still in Pangkalan Bun, waiting to be transported to Surabaya for further identification process.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Victim Identification Police Department Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today announced that they have identified 3 more remains of QZ 8501 passengers as: Indra Yulianto (male), Hindarto Halim (male), Jou Brian Youvito (male). AirAsia Indonesia officially handed over the remains to the respective families at Bhayangkara Hospital, Surabaya this afternoon.

To date, BASARNAS confirmed to have recovered a total of 39 remains of which 16 remains have been identified by DVI POLRI and 23 remains are still being identified.

AirAsia would like to take this opportunity to urge the public seeking progress on the search and evacuation and identification process of QZ 8501 passengers to refer solely to official information from BASARNAS and DVI POLRI.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ 8501.

The first victim of AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501 is identified

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AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) (Jakarta) missing flight QZ 8501 has yielded its first identified victim. 162 passengers and crew member were on board the ill-fated flight from Surabaya to Singapore. The body of Hayati Lutfiah Hamid has been confirmed by fingerprints according to F. World.

Searchers continue to look on the Java Sea bed for the main wreckage of the Airbus A320-200.

On earlier reports that the fuselage may have been located (rough seas are hampering the effort), AirAsia Group CEO said on Twitter:

“I am hoping that the latest information is correct and aircraft has been found. Please all hope together. This is so important.”

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AirAsia Indonesia issued this statement yesterday:

AirAsia Indonesia wishes to update that The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia and other relevant authorities continue to search and recover the passengers of QZ 8501 in the Karimata Strait area.

Earlier today, Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and AirAsia management visited the military base in Pangkalan Bun to meet with key stakeholders of the SAR operations. Fernandes met with Deputy Governor of Central Kalimantan, Achmad Diran; Deputy of Potential Search And Rescue (SAR), Marsekal Muda TNI Sunarbowo Sandi; Joint Operation Chief Territory II, Marsekal Muda TNI Abdul Muis; Joint Operation Chief Territory I, Marsekal Muda TNI Agus Dwi Putranto; Central Kalimantan Police Chief, Brigadier General Hermanu and Deputy of Operation Search And Rescue (SAR), Marsekal Pertama TNI Supriyadi.

Fernandas said: “I continue to be humbled and touched by the incredible efforts and professionalism put forth by BASARNAS, Army, Navy, Air Force and Police of Indonesia. The search and rescue operations were unfortunately hampered by bad weather today but I am hopeful they will be able to resume the search tomorrow.”

To date, BASARNAS has confirmed to have recovered a total of seven remains, which were transported to the military base in Pangkalan Bun, Borneo. Two of the seven remains were transported to Bayangkara Hospital in Surabaya for identification by Disaster Victim Identification of Police Department Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI).

AirAsia’s main focus remains on the wellbeing of the families affected by this tragedy.

Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available. An emergency call centre has been established and available for families seeking information.

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.”

AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501 from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people is missing

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Indonesia) (Indonesia AirAsia) (Jakarta) flight QZ 8501 with 162 passengers and crew members flying from Surabaya to Singapore is missing. The crew flying Airbus A320-200 (PK-AXC) lost radar contact with Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC) this morning (December 28). Aircraft searching today were unable to locate the missing flight. The flight is now missing for over 12 hours due to the time difference. It is now getting dark again in Indonesia and the search with aircraft will resume tomorrow. However ships will continue to search for the aircraft overnight.

Indonesia AirAsia, formerly AWAir (Air Wagon International), is owned by Fersindo Nusaperkasa (51%) and AirAsia Berhad (AirAsia Malaysia) (49%). The airline operates under the AirAsia brand. The general media is incorrectly calling this a Malaysian airline due to its confusion with the much larger AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur).

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We will continue to update this report as further information is received.

AirAsia has changed its normal red logo to this basic black-gray logo in mourning of missing flight QZ 8501.

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AirAsia has issued this updated statement:

AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ 8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (Surabaya LT) this morning (December 28). The flight took off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 0535 hours.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were two pilots, four flight attendants and one engineer on board.

The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours

There were 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew.

Nationalities of passengers:

1 Singapore
1 Malaysia
3 South Korea
1 United Kingdom
149 Indonesia

Nationalities of crew:

1 France
6 Indonesia

At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to enroute weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC).

The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on November 16, 2014.

Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO stated on Twitter:

“I am touched by the massive show of support especially from my fellow airlines. This is my worse nightmare. But there is no stopping. I, as your group CEO, will be there through these hard times. We will go through this terrible ordeal together.”

Previously Tony stated on Twitter:

“On my way to Surabaya where most of the passangers are from as with my Indonesian management. Providing information as we get it.”

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There were reported thunderstorms in the path of the airliner. This area is currently in their monsoon season (rainy season).

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC (msn 3648) of AirAsia Indonesia is pictured arriving at Singapore prior to today’s event. PK-AXC was delivered new on October 15, 2008.

Below Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Another view of PK-AXC at Singapore.

According to Flightradar24 the flight “was flying on FL320. Other aircraft in same area were flying on FL340-FL390.”

The crew reportedly requested a higher altitude of FL380 due to the thunderstorms in the area.

Flightradar24 flight track of QZ8501:

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Intellicast Current Weather Map:

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Google Map:

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