Missing Aircraft Qz8501


KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Airbus A320-200 aircraft with flight number QZ8501 is owned by AirAsia Indonesia.

For a total of 155 passengers, it was due to leave from Surabaya to go to Changi International Airport, Singapore.

Citizens of the passengers and crew were from Singapore, Malaysia, France, South Korea and Indonesia.

The last time it was detected in the channel of communication with the air traffic control (ATC) is when it crosses the area between Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island and Pontianak in West Kalimantan.


Djoko Murjatmodjo Director of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Transportation of Indonesia in a press conference at the Office of the Airport Authority Region II, Soekarno-Hatta Airport, tell that:

At 5:36 am local time, the plane that took off from Surabaya to Singapore at an altitude of 32,000 feet. Aircraft reported according M635 usual route traveled between Surabaya and Singapore.

The last communication with the air traffic control (ATC) in Jakarta is at 6:12 am. Pilots were asked to move to the left and asked for permission to go up to an altitude of 38,000 feet.

The request is understood to avoid the clouds had been agreed ATC.

At 6:16 am, the plane is still in radar and a minute later he just stayed in the radar signal ATC.

At 6:18 am, the plane disappeared from radar and found living only trace the flight path. Realization of cost data also does not exist in the radar.

At 7:08 am, the plane is placed in status uncertain phase of INCERFA following the loss of communication. Party early stages of loss of contact, body search and rescue missions (SAR) has been contacted.

At 7:28 am, the flight status is ALERFA the next stage, which indicated that the plane lost relationship.

At 7.55 am, the plane in which DETRESFA status was officially confirmed missing.
Location ai lost contact occurs between Tanjung Pandan and Pontianak. SAR teams are now in the hope of finding mission signal from an emergency location transmitter (ELT). So far, the signal is not detected.


The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Region Bangka Belitung, Indonesia stated that the weather in bad condition when the aircraft is in flight to Singapore.

The air space above areas, there are many cumulus nimbus cloud formation which endangers flight risk. Type of cloud is able to achieve a thickness ranging from 5 to 10 kilometers.

Likewise, AirAsia plane model A320 is an aircraft that is equipped with sophisticated radar good weather.


Party AirAsia Indonesia has issued information on Airasia flight hours for pilots QZ8501. According to them, Captain Ooi already completed the 20.537 hours of flight with AirAsia Indonesia joint service for 6,053 hours.

Meanwhile, the co-pilot Emmanuel Remi Plesel have 2,247 hours of flight hours.


National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Bangka Belitung Province worry adverse weather conditions and high waves become obstacles in SAR operations QZ 8501 AirAsia aircraft lost during the flight to Singapore.

Chief Basarnas, Joni VI in Minneapolis told, more than two-meter-high waves affect the smooth boat to the end point flights.

According to him, normal weather conditions require about four hours to get to the location and the weather is feared will double the time period.

Through a press conference at 6.30 pm, Djoko said the SAR mission resumes on Monday as he had entered 12 hours and have not produced results.


Name flights: Flights AirAsia Indonesia QZ8501
Aircraft Type: Airbus 320-200
Registration Number: PK-AXC
Flight schedule: Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia
Flight destination: Changi Airport, Singapore
Number of passengers: 162 people (155 passengers, two pilots and five cabin crew)

Citizens of passengers: 156 Indonesia, South Korea (3), Singapore (1), Malaysia (1) and France (1)

Departure time: 5:35 am (Indonesia time)
Scheduled time of arrival: 8.30 am (Singapore time)

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