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28 December 2014
MISSING AIRASIA QZ8501 PLANE - 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Missing: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
PublishedUpdated 11:16 pm EST, December 27, 2014
AnAirAsiapassenger plane has lost contact with airport officials while flying from Indonesia to Singapore Sunday morning.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. The Plane Lost Contact While Flying Over the Java Sea
AirAsia confirmed in a statement that the plane lost contact with air traffic control while flying over the Java Sea from Surbaya, Indonesia to Singapore.
The airline said it had “no further information” on the status of the crew and passengers of the plane, an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC.
2. There Are 155 Passengers on Board
The Sunday Times of Sinapore, citing Indonesia’s Transport Ministry, reported that there are 155 people on board: 149 Indonesians, three Koreans and one passenger each from the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Singapore.
3. The Plane Was Scheduled to Land at 8:30 a.m. Local Time Sunday
The plane took off form Surabaya, Indonesia and was scheduled to land in Singapore at 8:30 a.m. Sunday local time.
4. The Plane Lost Contact Near Belitung Island
The plane’s last known location was near Belitung Island in the Java Sea.
5. The Plane Was Reported to Have Taken an ‘Unusual Route’
Several outlets reported that the plane had taken an “unusual route,” though it wasn’t immediately clear why.