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QZ8501 crash: A sonar Image of the aircraft shows plane upside down

From eTN Global Travel Industry News

A sonar image that may be the body of the missing AirAsia jet on the floor of the Java Sea.

The Indonesia’s search-and-rescue agency said the image appears to show an airplane upside down on the ocean floor in 24 meters to 30 meters of water. The image was obtained Tuesday by an Indonesian Navy ship that is part of the search-and-recovery effort, the agency said in a release early Wednesday morning.

A comparison of location coordinates released by the agency suggest the object is about 3.2 kilometers to 3.5 kilometers (about 2 miles to 2.2 miles) from several fields of floating debris that were discovered Tuesday.

More: Indonesian officials have confirmed that remains and debris found in the waters off Borneo are from the plane.

The authorities say that six bodies have now been retrieved.

Staff from the Surabaya government sorting data from those aboard QZ8501, before dispatch to Bhayankara Hospital.

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Bodies, debris from missing AirAsia plane pulled from sea off Indonesia

By Gayatri Suroyo and Adriana Nina Kusuma From Reuters

SURABAYA, Indonesia/JAKARTA Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:25am EST

(Reuters) – Indonesian rescuers searching for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday, prompting relatives of those on board watching TV footage to break down in tears.

Indonesia AirAsia’s Flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, lost contact with air traffic control early on Sunday during bad weather on a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.

The navy said 40 bodies had been recovered. The plane has yet to be found.

“My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ8501,” airline boss Tony Fernandes tweeted. “On behalf of AirAsia, my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”

The airline said in a statement that it was inviting family members to Surabaya, “where a dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met”.

Pictures of floating bodies were broadcast on television and relatives of the missing already gathered at a crisis centre in Surabaya wept with heads in their hands. Several people collapsed in grief and were helped away.

Yohannes and his wife were at the center awaiting news of her brother, Herumanto Tanus, and two of his children who were on board the doomed flight.

The Tanus family had been on their way to visit Herumanto’s son, who studies in Singapore and who traveled to Surabaya on Monday after the plane went missing.

“He cries every time he watches the news,” Yohannes said.

The mayor of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini, comforted relatives and urged them to be strong.

“They are not ours, they belong to God,” she said.


A navy spokesman said a plane door, oxygen tanks and one body had been recovered and taken away by helicopter for tests.

“The challenge is waves up to three meters high,” Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, head of the Search and Rescue Agency, told reporters, adding that the search operation would go on all night. He declined to answer questions on whether any survivors had been found.

About 30 ships and 21 aircraft from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States have been involved in the search.

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AirAsia QZ8501: Indonesia plane ‘at bottom of sea’

From BBC

Singapore air crew in Hercules transport plane search for missing plane – 29 December Members of the Singapore air force have been involved in the search

The missing AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 is likely to be at the bottom of the sea, the head of Indonesia’s search-and-rescue agency has said.

Bambang Soelistyo said the hypothesis was based on the co-ordinates of the plane when contact with it was lost.

The search is continuing for the aircraft, a day after it disappeared with 162 people on board, but no trace has been found so far.

The Airbus A320-200 was on a flight to Singapore.

Distraught relatives have been waiting for news at the Surabaya international airport in Indonesia, as Clive Myrie reports

The pilots had requested a course change because of bad weather but did not send any distress call before the plane disappeared from radar screens.

“Based on the co-ordinates given to us and evaluation that the estimated crash position is in the sea, the hypothesis is the plane is at the bottom of the sea,” Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, told a news conference in Jakarta.

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AirAsia loses contact with flight from Indonesia to Singapore

air-asiaBY BRITTANY LEVINE From Mashable

An AirAsia Indonesia plane with 162 people aboard has gone missing on its way to Singapore, the airline said Sunday. Search and rescue operations are underway.
Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control at 7:24 a.m. local time after taking off from Surabaya, Indonesia, according to a statement from AirAsia posted on Facebook.

B56krVnCYAAIcbyThe uncertain fate of the plane immediately drew comparisons to another missing flight in Southeast Asia, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared while flying from Malaysia to Beijing. The search for that plane continues.

AirAsia had few details to share about the incident involving its Airbus A320-200. Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency reported that the plane was set to enter Singapore airspace at 6:52 p.m.

IMAGE: An AirAsia Airbus A340 pictured in 2009

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UPDATE: Search and Rescue Operation Suspended for Missing AirAsia Jet


A massive search and rescue operation was suspended Sunday for an AirAsia Indonesia jet that lost contact with air traffic control over the Java Sea during a flight to Singapore shortly after the pilots requested a change of flight plan because of weather.

Darkness and bad weather forced the suspension of the search, which will continue Monday morning, about 5:30 p.m. local time, said Indonesian transport officials.

Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control in Jakarta at 7:24 a.m. Sunday local time near Belitung Island, Indonesia, after leaving Surabaya, Indonesian Air Transport Director Djoko Murjatmodjo said during a news conference Sunday. The flight, which had at least 161 people on board, was scheduled to land in Singapore at 8:57 a.m. local time.

Murjatmodjo said teams were searching the sea and mountainous areas in the region. The plane was several hours past the time when its fuel would have been exhausted.

ABC News consultant Col. Stephen Ganyard said weather may have played a role but several questions remained.

“We’re looking for clues and at this point there are very few clues,” he said.

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The six-year-old aircraft was on its submitted flight plan but the pilot requested a deviation because of en-route weather before communication with the aircraft was lost, AirAsia said.

Murjatmodjo said the pilot also requested to increase altitude to 38,000 feet from 32,000 feet to “avoid clouds.” Thunderstorms were reported in the area with clouds up to 50,000 feet.

While ground control in Jakarta approved the pilot’s request to divert the flight, the request to raise elevation hadn’t been approved before losing contact with the plane, said Murjatmodjo.

The plane had been in the air for about 41 minutes when contact was lost.

The jet was flying at the regular cruising altitude for most jetliners – 32,000 feet – when the signal was lost, according to flight tracking website Flightradar24. No distress reports came from the plane, officials said.

“At the present time, we unfortunately have no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board, but we will keep all parties informed as more information becomes available,” AirAsia said.

The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer had a total of 2,275 flying hours, according to the airline. The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on November 16, 2014.

The flight manifest for the jet showed there were 155 passengers on board plus seven crew members, although the Indonesian transport ministry only reported six crew members.

Of the passengers, 149 were Indonesians, three were South Korean, and there was one traveler each from Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom, according to AirAsia.

AirAsia said the crew members consisted of six Indonesians and one person from France.

AirAsia-Airbus-A320-200_Map_flight_path_times_4x3_992AirAsia Airbus A320-200 Map flight path with times

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said it was informed about the missing plane by Jakarta ground control about half an hour after contact was lost.

The Singapore air force and the navy were activated with two C-130 ready to assist Indonesia authorities in the search, according to the aviation authority.

“We remain ready to provide any assistance to support the search and rescue effort,” the CAAS said.

A waiting area was set up at Changi Airport in Singapore, where the plane had been scheduled to land, with facilities and support for relatives and friends of the passengers on the plane. At Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, dozens of relatives sat in a room, many of them talking on mobile phones and crying. Some looked dazed, the Associated Press reported.

The White House said President Obama was briefed on the flight.

This is the third air incident this year for Malaysian-based airlines.

AP_AirAsia_missing_MH370_relatives_bc_141228_4x3_992Relatives of passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing on March 8, 2014, watch TV news about missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, during their year-end gathering at a house in Beijing, China Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014.
Andy Wong/AP Photo

In July, another Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 on board.

In March, Malaysia Airlines flight 370, a wide-bodied Boeing 777 with 239 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control soon after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. It hasn’t been found.

Ganyard lamented the disappearance of another aircraft this year.

“It’s really disheartening,” said Ganyard. “It just shouldn’t happen in this day and age.”

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