NOT AGAIN!!! AirAsia Plane With 161 Passengers On Board Missing In Transit
Sundayâ€™s missing AirAsia flight was traveling between Surabaya, in Indonesia, and Singapore. There were 155 passengers and seven crew on board the Airbus A320-200, officials have said.
An AirAsia official told the media on Sunday that the plane had requested â€œan unusual routeâ€ before air traffic control lost contact with QZ8501 over the Java Sea. However, an Indonesia Transport Ministry spokesperson later clarified that the pilotâ€™s request was permission to change altitude due to bad weather, Steve Herman reported for the Voice of America.
â€œAt the present time we unfortunately have no further information,â€ according to AirAsiaâ€™s statement. â€œAt this time, search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service.â€
In March 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 lost contact with air traffic control when it was about several hundred miles north of Singapore. Rescuers still have been unable to find any traces of flight MH370, or its 239 passengers and crew, despite an unprecedented search effort.
In April 2014, or one month after MH370 went missing, AirAsiaâ€™s CEO was forced to apologize after the companyâ€™s in-flight magazine suggested that AirAsiaâ€™s own well-trained pilots would never lose a plane.
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