Jet Carrying 162 Passengers Goes Missing Over Java Sea
A jet carrying 162 people went missing early Sunday over the Java Sea. According to news reports, the AirAsia plane, an Airbus A320-200, was flying from Indonesia to Singapore and lost contact with air traffic control about 42 minutes after takeoff. No distress call was made.
Bad weather including dense storm clouds, heavy wind, and lightening was reported in the area, and an air search operation has now been suspended for the night.
According to the Associated Press:
Agence France-Press reports that hundreds of Indonesians descended on the Juanda International Airport near Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday hoping for news of the missing flight.
AirAsia’s Chief Executive Tony Fernandes, who has flown to Surabaya, told the BBC: “We don’t want to speculate but right now of course the plane has been missing for 12 hours and there’s a deep sense of depression here.”
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