According to multiple recent reports, AirAsia flight QZ 8501 has vanished off the coast of Indonesia around 7:10am local time.
The flight was due to land at Singapore’s Changi Airport at 8.30 a.m., but never arrived, and now family members of the 162 passengers on the flight are left to wonder what has happened to their loved ones.
AirAsia has made the following statement regarding the disappearance.
AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24hrs this morning.
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.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC.
At this time, search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service.
AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft. The number is: +622129850801.
AirAsia will release further information as soon as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the AirAsia website, www.airasia.com.
This case is eerily similar to that of the recent Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished without a trace over the Andaman Sea, not far from Indonesia last year. It is extremely rare for commercial airplanes to vanish without a trace, especially with modern technology. AirAsia is also a Malaysia based company.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.