QZ8501: WHAT HAPPENED? Why did it crash?

Did a Chinese Blogger predict the fate of QZ8501? 13 days before it happened?




THIS REPORT BY THE NEW STRAITS TIMES IS MISLEADING! It gives the impression that it is QZ8501 that is being talked about but it cannot be. They have just recovered the cockpit flight recorder. No one has played it yet!

Look also at the words said: “We will know what really happened from the conversations between pilot and co-pilot prior to the crash,” he said.


It will take:
1.  One week to download the date.
2. One month for a preliminary report.
3. One year for a final report!

Update: flight : Cockpit voice recorder retrieved, report out within a month

Indonesia’s National Transport Safety Committee said the boxes would undergo a lengthy analysis in the capital. Mr Suryanto Cahyono, a senior investigator from the committee, told AFP that it would take about a week to download the data before analysis could begin.

He said French experts from Airbus were in Jakarta to help with the analysis, and experts from countries whose citizens were involved in the crash would also assist.

The committee has said a preliminary report on the accident will be produced within a month, and a final report after a year.

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#QZ8501 : #Pilots’ last words give #goosebumps THIS IS CRAP: NO ONE HAS HEARD FLIGHT RECORDER

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KUALA LUMPUR: Despite being an investigator for almost two decades, analysing the Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 will be one of the toughest challenging for Nurcahyo Utomo, who knew the pilot personally.

The National Transportation Safety Committee investigator, Nurchayo said listening to recording from black boxes over and over again can be disturbing and requires utmost mental strength.

“Listening to the playback of a black box involved in a crash is not like listening to music or a discussion.

“We are listening to a recording that represents the last moments before the crash and it is disturbing. There are times where the investigators would get unnerved listening to the recording,” he told

Analysing the recording while listening to their final words like “Allahuakhbar” repeatedly, give the investigators goose bumps, Nurcahyo said.

“It is as if we can feel them… Allahuakhbar, Allahuakhbar were the last words said before they died.

“Despite the heavy heart we could not escape from the task. Hearing to the last conversation would be the key to reveal the cause of the AirAsia crash.

“We will know what really happened from the conversations between pilot and co-pilot prior to the crash,” he said.


FOUND: Cockpit voice recorder – part of box – is now on an Indonesian ship

BREAKING: Cockpit voice recorder found, a day after ‘s flight data recorder retrieved



The flight data recorder was found under the wreckage of a wing: BASARNAS

MT : black box has been loaded onto Indonesia Air Force plane for Jakarta

: Black box consists of two pieces of equipment, only flight data recorder found

: Flight data recorder to be transferred to investigators in Jakarta, says Dow Jones

Flight data recorder retrieved from crashed AirAsia jet: official

Flight data recorder retrieved from crashed AirAsia jet: official

JAKARTA – The flight data recorder was retrieved Monday from the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people on board, Indonesia’s national search and rescue chief said.

“I received information from the National Transport Safety Committee chief that at 07:11 am, we succeeded in bringing up part of the black box that we call the flight data recorder,” Bambang Soelistyo told reporters.

The cockpit voice recorder has yet to be recovered, he added.

BREAKING: Flight data recorder recovered in search for Flight >>

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BREAKING: The black box has been found, say Indonesia authorities

SURABAYA: Indonesia’s Directorate General of Marine Transport has confirmed that the black box has been found, Indonesia authorities said in a press release on Sunday (Jan 11).

Retrieval will be attempted on Monday morning, they added.

– CNA/av

Watch the video:

AirAsia plane tail brought to the surface


They got the tail up! Still, no black box yet.

PHOTOS: tail recovered, on board ship now

This is the tail of brought onboard Indonesian vessel. Painstaking operation. Clearly severely broken up

AirAsia Flight 8501’s tail recovered

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PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia—The tail section of AirAsia Flight 8501 was lifted from the floor of the Java Sea on Saturday and loaded on to a ship, but searchers continued hunting for the plane’s black box data recorders on the bottom of the sea.

The mangled tail section, the first significant piece of the plane to be recovered, was being taken to the port of Kumai near here so that air crash investigators can examine it for clues to what caused the aircraft to crash into the sea on Dec. 28 with 162 passengers aboard. The wreckage was found about 100 miles offshore.

The recovery team used inflatable bags to lift the tail section off the sea floor and a crane to load it onto the ship.


Rescuers raise the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501

Surabaya, Indonesia (CNN)Onlookers clapped as an underwater balloon heaved a submerged object up toward the surface. They could see red coloring appear, like the kind on the tail section of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which went missing over the Java Sea.

Divers had found the tail on Wednesday, and on Friday, divers investigated pings a search ship had detected.

They lowered ropes and slings down to the tail and planned to inflate giant airbags or balloons underneath to lift the tail from the bottom of the sea. A crane will raise the section out of the water.


Search teams have found the tail of the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea, the Indonesian search chief said on Wednesday (Jan 7). Efforts are now being made to retrieve the tail, which is expected to hold the black box.

search: Tail found in “Most Probable Area 2” sector, says Malaysia’s 

6.07AM: Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces, General Moeldoko, said that he is headed to Pangkalan Bun on Thursday (Jan 8) to supervise the salvage of QZ8501.


Images show tail section underwater: Indonesia’s

1.58PM: The tail of QZ8501 was spotted by an Indonesian geo-survey ship, and the object spotted has “PK-AXC” written on it – the code of the aircraft. The object was also confirmed with a remotely-operated vehicle sent to make the inspection.

1.36PM: If the aircraft tail is found, the black box should be there, says AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes. The tail was located 30km from the suspected crash site and 95 divers are on standby for recovery, according to our reporter.



BASARNAS Will No Longer Provide Detailed Information About New Debris Recovered From QZ8501

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KUALA LUMPUR: From yesterday onwards, BASARNAS will not provide detailed information to the public on recovery efforts relating to AirAsia QZ8501 that crashed 10 days ago.

F Henry Bambang Soelistyo, the Head Agency of Indonesia National Search and Rescue said they will no longer reveal in detail the results of the ongoing recovery and investigation.

“Starting from yesterday onwards, I will not talk about the discovery in detail.

“Whenever new debris is located, it will be retrieved and stored at Pangkalan Bun or kept on the vessel for investigation purpose, especially if they are not items that relate to the victims’ families interest,” he said to


S’pore Navy ship finds life raft

S’pore Navy found a life raft that could belong to . What are aviation experts saying?

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After spending close to a week at sea, the crew on board the Singapore Navy’s RSS Persistence recovered a body yesterday morning. Two hours later, they found an inflated life raft.

It could not be immediately confirmed if the inflated life raft did belong to the ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501.

Aviation experts cautioned against jumping to conclusions.

The life raft could have inflated on its own as the aircraft fell with a huge force, said Britain-based aviation consultant Chris Yates.


Life raft of 6x3m recovered by Singapore’s RSS Persistence during search

: Life jacket picked up by RSS Valour to be handed to authorities Pic:

: Our reporter captures the handover of items between RSS Valour & MV Swift Rescue. (Photo: Raj Nadarajan)

.MajorNews911: JUST IN: Seats and shell of plane from Air Asia flight recovered, reports.

Flight QZ8501 search teams fight weather in effort to identify large objects on sea floor:

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: Two objects found were located in priority area in operation that began last night


Jan 2:

7.26pm: Press conference from BASARNAS now underway. Key points:

– 30 bodies recovered, confirmed BASARNAS. 8 bodies are already in Surabaya, 10 are en route, 4 are in Pangkalan Bun, 7 are on board Indonesian navy vessel KRI Bung Tomo and 1 is on board Malaysian navy ship KD Pahang.

: navy ship recovers plane window panel

: Indonesian vessel detects object suspected to be plane’s tail

Some AirAsia QZ8501 victims found belted in seats

Colonel Yayan Sofiyan, commander of the warship Bung Tomo, told MetroTV his vessel managed to pull seven bodies from the choppy waters today, five still fastened in their seats.

Some AirAsia victims found belted in seats

A member of The Indonesia Red cross prepares coffins for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 at the main hospital in Pangkalan Bun today. Photo: AP

PANGKALAN BUN — After nearly a week of searching for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501, rescue teams battling monsoon rains had their most successful day yet today (Jan 2), more than tripling the number of bodies pulled from the Java Sea, some still strapped to their seats.

Of the 30 corpses recovered so far, 21 were found today, many of them by a US Navy ship, according to officials.

Colonel Yayan Sofiyan, commander of the warship Bung Tomo, told MetroTV his vessel managed to pull seven bodies from the choppy waters today, five still fastened in their seats.

Mr Soelistyo, who was only able to confirm two victims in their seats, said a total of 30 bodies have been recovered

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

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BREAKING: 2 bodies have arrived at holding area in Pangkalan Bun, reports

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1.55PM: The body of one of the victims was clad in a life jacket, reports AP-Dow Jones, citing BASARNAS.

1.19PM: Seventh body said to have been found at the search site, reports Kompas TV. The bodies of four men and three women have been recovered so far, reports AP-Dow Jones.

flight : Sonar image that may be jet body obtained by Indonesia search agency

AirAsia flight QZ8501: Indonesia’s search agency finds wreckage at bottom of sea, says report

Published on Dec 31, 2014 12:03 PM

JAKARTA – Indonesia’s search and rescue agency Basarnas has found wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 at the bottom of sea, according to CNN.

Search and rescue official Hernato said sonar equipment detected the plane, but it was not clear whether it is in one piece or broken up, CNN reported.

The report, quoting Basarnas, said the image appears to show an airplane upside down on the ocean floor in 24m to 30m of water.

The image was obtained on Tuesday by an Indonesian Navy ship that is part of the search-and-recovery effort, WSJ reported on Wednesday, citing the agency.

The journal said a comparison of location coordinates released by the agency suggests the object is about 3.2km to 3.5km from several fields of floating debris that were discovered on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

AirAsia QZ8501: Three more bodies found, including one dressed in air stewardess uniform

JAKARTA: Another three bodies were found on Wednesday, including one that was dressed in an air stewardess uniform, said chief of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency who was updating reporters on the recovery efforts for AirAsia flight QZ8501.

The other two bodies were male, said Mr F. H. Bambang Soelistyo, chief of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas).

This brings the total of bodies recovered to six.

Indonesia search chief says 3 bodies retrieved, not 40. It was miscommunication earlier.

AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes says he’s not running away from obligations

AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes intends to visit the site of the tragedy with team members tomorrow

Group chief executive officer of AirAsia Tony Fernandes said he intends to visit the site of the tragedy with team members on Wednesday (Dec 31), reported Bernama.

Mr Fernandes said he takes responsibility for the QZ8501 tragedy and is not running away from obligations, the news agency reported.

He said that he hopes that, weather permitting, the retrieval of bodies will be completed tomorrow.

“Let the black box tell everything. Further investigation will be done the moment we manage to retrieve the black box. It is very improper and inappropriate for me to speculate on anything.”

Sources: Bernama, The Star Online


Indonesia search chief says 3 bodies retrieved, not 40. It was miscommunication earlier.

“Today we evacuated three bodies and they are now in the warship Bung Tomo,” Bambang Soelistyo told a news conference in Jakarta, adding that they were two females and one male.

Navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir told AFP earlier that according to naval radio a warship had recovered more than 40 bodies from the sea. But he later said that report was a miscommunication by his staff.

Hunt for AirAsia : Indonesia search chief says 3 bodies retrieved, not 40. It was miscommunication earlier.


AS OF 30 DECEMBER 2014 18:00 PM LT (GMT+7)

SURABAYA, 30TH DECEMBER 2014 – AirAsia Indonesia regrets to inform that The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) today confirmed that the debris found earlier today is indeed from QZ8501, the flight that had lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of 28th. 

The debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait around 110 nautical miles south west from Pangkalan Bun. The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots, 4 cabin crews and one engineer.

At the present time, search and rescue operations are still in progress and further investigation of the debris found at the location is still underway. AirAsia Indonesia employees have been sent to the site and will be fully cooperating with BASARNAS, National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), and relevant authorities on the investigation.

Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia said: “We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances. We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ8501. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues.”

Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia added: “I am absolutely devastated. This is a very difficult moment for all of us at AirAsia as we await further developments of the search and rescue operations but our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those onboard QZ8501.”

AirAsia Indonesia will be 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. Counsellors, religious and spiritual personnel have also been invited to the family center to provide any necessary services.

Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available. An emergency call centre has been established and available for families seeking information. Family members of QZ8501, please contact:

Malaysia: +60 3 21795959

Indonesia: +62 2129270811

Singapore: +65 63077688

Korea: 007 98142069940

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ8501.

Indonesian official show items retrieved from the Java sea during search and rescue operations.

Some of the presumed debris from flight has already been brought to shore. Photo via the Guardian

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: ‘Shadow’ spotted on seabed believed to be jet

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JAKARTA, Dec 30 — An air force plane today spotted a “shadow” on the seabed believed to be the missing AirAsia jet, Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency chief said.

“God blessed us today,” Bambang Soelistyo told a press conference.

“At 12:50 the air force Hercules found an object described as a shadow at the bottom of the sea in the form of a plane,” he said.

Soelistyo said the search was now being concentrated on the location where the “shadow” and debris had been found, around 160 kilometres (100 miles) southwest of the town of Pangkalan Bun in Central Kalimantan on Borneo island.

Indonesia navy: Up to 40 bodies retrieved and counting

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: Where debris from the jet was found by Indonesian authorities just awhile ago

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UPDATE – More than 40 bodies found, says Indonesian navy

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My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501. On behalf of AirAsia my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.


BREAKING NEWS: Six bodies recovered so far from flight and have been brought on to an Indonesian navy ship.


Live: Missing AirAsia plane QZ8501 debris found, confirms Indonesian Civil Aviation chief

TV Online Indonesia

“For the time being it can be confirmed it’s the plane”: Civil aviation chief

Copilot of Air Force Hercules find objects resembling people, bags and suitcases in the Strait Karimata.

Co-pilot Herkules TNI AU menemukan objek menyerupai manusia, tas, dan koper di wilayah Selat Karimata.

Missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501: Officials investigating possible debris

By Jethro Mullen, CNN
December 30, 2014 — Updated 0651 GMT (1451 HKT)

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Officials in search are concerned currents could spread debris before crews arrive.

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Serpihan Warna Perak, Hitam dan Merah Tampak di Perairan Pangkalan Bun

Selasa, 30 Desember 2014 12:38 WIB

TRIBUNNEWS.COM, PANGKALAN BUN – Serpihan-serpihan berukuran cukup besar terekam di perairan dekat Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan Tengah, saat tim pencarian menyisir sekitar lokasi hilangnya pesawat AirAsia QZ8501.

“Posisinya kalau dari Pangkalan Bun arah 230 derajat dengan jarak 105 nautical mile atau 190 kilometer,” kata Marsda Agus Dwi Putranto, Pangkoopsau 1 dalam konferensi pers di Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan Tengah, yang disiarkan langsung Kompas TV, Selasa (30/12/2014).

Dalam sejumlah foto yang ditampilkan terlihat setidaknya beberapa serpihan. Masing-masing serpihan berbentuk persegi panjang warna coklat, batang memanjang berwarna perak, segitiga warna kekuningan, dan serpihan-serpihan berwarna hitam dan merah.

Benda-benda tersebut terekam saat tim pencarian melakukan penyisiran Selasa pagi tadi.

Kemenhub paparkan kontak terakhir QZ8501. Ada 7 pesawat lain di sekitar QZ8501

JUST IN – Items resembling emergency slide, plane door seen in search area

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UPDATE (1.30PM) Items resembling emergency slide, plane door have been seen in search area for AirAsia flight QZ8501, reports AFP

KompasTV is reporting that the debris is 2m long.

The search team is trying to verify where the debris is from.

Search for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 will expand to land tomorrow

The search operation for the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 will expand to land on Tuesday, the chief of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency Basarnas told reporters late on Monday.

Malaysia’s The Star Online reported Mr F. H. Bambang Soelistyo​ as saying: “Search operations tomorrow will expand to land, to, among others, the western part of west Kalimantan province.”

He said the multinational operation involving Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea would continue in the Java sea past dusk on Monday.

Air operations will continue on Tuesday morning.

Source: The Star Online


Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla says an object spotted during a sea search for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 wasn’t from the aircraft.

Speaking from Surabaya airport from where the ill-fated plane had taken off yesterday, Kalla says insufficient evidence has been found to confirm what had been reported.

Jakarta’s Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto said he has been informed that an Australian Orion aircraft had detected suspicious objects near Nangka island, about 160 kilometres southwest of Pangkalan Bun, near central Kalimantan – 1120 kilometres from the location where the plane lost contact.

Australian aircraft detected objects 1120 km from location where lost contact DETAILS:

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BREAKING: Objects spotted in sea could belong to AirAsia flight 8501

Objects spotted in sea could belong to AirAsia flight 8501

breaking news

Published: 8:49PM Monday December 29, 2014 Source: AP

An Indonesian official says objects have been spotted in the sea by a search plane hunting for the missing AirAsia jet.

Jakarta’s Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto says he was informed that an Australian Orion aircraft had detected suspicious objects near Nangka island, about 160 kilometres southwest of Pangkalan Bun, near central Kalimantan, or 1,120 kilometres from the location where the plane lost contact.

“However, we cannot be sure whether it is part of the missing AirAsia plane,” Putranto says, “We are now moving in that direction, which is in cloudy conditions.”

BREAKING: Indonesian official says Australian planes spot objects in sea in AirAsia search area.

JUST IN: “Something” spotted in search area, says Indonesia air force in AP-DJ report


: Wreckage rumoured to be found, UK reporter tweets

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 — Rumours have emerged that the wreckage of missing Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 has been found, a UK Telegraph reporter said today.

The paper’s China correspondent Tom Phillips tweeted from Surabaya, Indonesia, that another press conference has been called after Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief Bambang Soelistyo told reporters earlier today that the plane carrying 162 people on board had likely crashed in the Java Sea.

“Looks like +1 presser coming up. Rumours wreckage found,” Phillips tweeted from his @tomphillipsin Twitter account, which was reported by The Guardian.

“Senior aviation official tells me ‘we hope we can hear good news’ abt survivors from #QZ8501,” he added.

QZ8501: Malaysia responsible for 11,400sq nautical miles of the search area in Belintung island: DS

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has offered to send aircraft and ships to help in the search for a missing AirAsia flight which vanished on Sunday flying from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, the Foreign Ministry in Beijing said on Monday.

“The Chinese side has already said to Indonesia that it is willing to urgently send aircraft and ships to participate in search and rescue, and will provide other aid according to Indonesian needs,” the ministry said in a statement.

Indonesia search chief: Plane is likely to be at bottom of the sea, and we have no submersibles. Got to borrow!

QZ8501: Plane likely at bottom of sea: Search chief


Monday December 29, 2014 MYT 11:11:06 AM

Missing AirAsia flight: Plane likely ‘at bottom of sea’, says Indonesia search chief

JAKARTA: The Indonesia AirAsia plane which went missing with 162 people on board en route for Singapore is likely at the bottom of the sea, Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency chief said Monday.

“Based on the coordinates 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 told a press conference.

“That’s the preliminary suspicion and it can develop based on the evaluation of the result of our search,” he said.

Soelistyo said Indonesia did not have “the tools”, such as submersible vehicles, required to retrieve the plane from the seabed, but that it is reaching out to other countries for help if necessary.

“Due to the lack of technology that we have, I have coordinated with our foreign minister so we will borrow from other countries which have offered. They are the UK, France and US,” he said.

search today focused on Pulau Momparang, Pulau Nangka, Pulau Lung: Belitung commander

Fishermen heard crash at Pulau Nangka, while others saw plane coming down at Pulau Lung: Indonesia officials

08.06AM: The Indonesia military’s search and rescue team are at Manggar, East Belitung, Indonesia, and are briefing fishermen of the search area ahead of heading out for operations. They will set out later on Monday.

Manggar, East Belitung Island

: Search & rescue base is 34 nautical miles from the last coordinates of the airline

: Local media reports as many as 11 ships, 3 planes & 3 helicopters have been deployed in search efforts

TODAY is on site at Manggar, East Belitung Island. Indonesian military & fisherman working together in search

SEARCH DAY 2: Planes, ships, crew from Indonesia, Malaysia, S’pore, Australia involved

Channel NewsAsia understands that the second C-130 from Singapore was deployed before 7am to aid in the search efforts for the missing plane.

Five aircraft will be sent to search for the plane, including two C-130 military transport aircraft and a Boeing 737, Indonesian air force spokesman Hadi Cahyanto told AFP.

“Two planes have already left. Three more will follow suit. It is cloudy in some parts but still bright,” Cahyanto said. “We are focusing the search area in the waters on the eastern and northern part of Belitung island.”

Up to 200 personnel deployed over 4 sectors in yesterday’s search ops: Indonesian officials

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QZ8501: Australia joins search mission

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8:00AM Dec 29, 2014


Hunt for QZ8501 resumes, US offers help

 7.54am: The Indonesian search and rescue operations resume this morning, reports ABC News. Yesterday’s search was called off at sundown and weather conditions during the heavy monsoon season is not helping.

Astro Awani reports the US has offered assistance to search for the missing plane, that some Indonesian media reports yesterday claimed may have crashed off the coast of Belitung Island, roughly a third of the distance to Singapore from Surabaya along the flight path.

Singapore sends a second RSAF C-130 to join the search, according to local daily Today.

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Sementara itu di Kampung Buntal Kuching, seorang penduduk kampung terkejut bila melihat kapal terbang air asia terbang rendah. Menurut beliau, ruang udara kampung itu bukanlah laluan kapal terbang.


 Sunday 28 December 2014

Uproar! AirAsia QZ8501 seen flying low in the Santubong, Kuching?



Police denies rumors last QZ8501 aircraft Sarawak

KUCHING: Police denied the rumors being spread through social networking sites, including Facebook, claiming the aircraft AirAsia Indonesia, QZ8501, seen flying in the air space of the city and Santubong.

Kuching district police chief ACP Roslan Bek, when making the denial, said the spread of inaccurate information could affect the authorities’ efforts to detect aircraft reported lost contact when traveling from Surabaya to Singapore this morning.


Police urge witnesses with information of missing Indonesia AirAsia flight to come forward

Published: December 29, 2014 12:19 AM

KUCHING, Dec 28 — Police in Kuching have asked witnesses who have information on a Facebook entry that claimed to have seen an AirAsia aircraft flying very low at Kampung Buntal, here to come forward and lodge a police report.

“… that an aircraft was spotted flying very low in the Kuching airspace has no firm evidence. Police are still waiting for the witness the come forward,” said Kuching police chief ACP Roslan Bek Ahmad.  He made the request through a message sent via Whatsapp to the media, following the emergence of a Facebook entry that claimed to have witnessed a low flying aircraft in the Kuching airspace.


Indonesia sends team to search Belitung after rumours of jet in water

Published: December 28, 2014 04:29 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28 — Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has sent a team down to its Bangka-Belitung Islands, following unconfirmed reports of a jet said to have gone down in the waters there.

The search-and-rescue operation was called after an Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore was reported missing earlier this morning.

Indonesian daily Jakarta Post reported a representative from the agency’s base in island’s capital city in Pangkalpinang saying they believed the passenger plane with 162 on board may have gone down 145km to the east of the islands — which is the mid-way mark between its point of departure in the island of Surabaya in Indonesia, and its destination of Singapore.

Don’t speculate on missing QZ8501, we still don’t know what happened – AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes

7:15PM: AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes tweets “this is my worst nightmare, but there is no stopping”.

AirAsia flight from to turns back due to ‘technical issues’

The New paper

Air Asia flight turns back after experiencing “technical difficulties”

A separate Air Asia flight had to turn back after experiencing technical difficulties.

Air Asia flight AK6242 had to return to Penang International Airport at 4.30pm on Sunday (Dec 28) just 10 minutes after taking off reported the New Straits Times.

It was en route to Langkawi.

A passenger on the flight, Subash Elangovan, told New Straits Times that the pilot announced that the flight had experienced technical difficulties and that it was going to turn back to Penang International airport.

Flight path of AK6242

While it is unknown what was the technical difficulties, the flight then took off again at 6pm and landed at Langkawi International Airport at 6.47 pm

Flight status of Air Asia flight AK 6242. Photo Screengrab/ Langkawi

Source: New Straits Times, Langkawi Airport


A C-130 Hercules has taken off from Paya Lebar Air Base to assist in the search: RSAF

Missing flight: Tony Fernandes flying to Surabaya

RT : Our lightning data has some strikes near path of flight between 2309hrs & 2320hrs UTC

AirAsia flight crashes in Java Sea, wreckage found in Belitung: Reports  New Delhi, December 28, 2014 | UPDATED 12:25 IST

According to reports the AirAsia flight QZ8501from Indonesia to Singapore which lost contact with the ATC has crashed in the Java Sea. The wreckage has been found in the waters off East Belitung, off the east coast of Sumatra.

AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on-board reportedly went missing today after losing contact with air traffic controllers.

6 ships, 2 helicopters deployed to the location where flight lost contact

‘s return flight from S’pore to Surabaya, QZ8502, now scheduled to take off at 10.35pm

1.10PM: The names of the crew on board missing flight AirAsia QZ8501 has been obtained by Metro TV:

Captain: Iriyanto
First Officer: Remi Emmanuel Plesel
Flight Attendants:
Wanti Setiawati
Khairunisa Haidar Fauzi
Oscar Desano
Wismoyo Ari Prambudi
Engineer: Saiful Rakhmad

The 155 passengers included 138 adults, 16 children and 1 baby.


: Missing AirAsia reported crashed in Belitung Timur

KUALA LUMPUR: An aircraft has reportedly crashed off the east coast of Sumatera, in the waters of East Belitung.

This report came after authorities confirmed that AirAsia Flight QZ8501 went missing earlier today.

An Indonesian news portal Bangka Pos had quoted an official from H.A.S Hanandjoeddin Tanjungpandan Airport in Indonesia, Suparno, said the exact location of the crash site has not been identified.

The portal also reported that the Indonesian national search and rescue agency (Basarnas) team from Bangka Belitung were heading to East Belitung waters.

“We will immediately head to East Belitung by sea,” said Basarnas Commander Joni Superiadi to Bangka Pos.

Senarai penumpang AirAsia QZ 8501

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Missing AirAsia flight: FlightRadar reports last known location of missing plane

PETALING JAYA: The last reported position of the missing AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501 was at Latitude – 4.1235 and Longitude 110.3821 at 32,050 feet (9.679 metres) above sea level, according to flight tracking website

Additionally, the site said on its Twitter account, @flightradar24 that “Flightradar24 did not pick up any emergency signals from #QZ8501.”

Video: AirAsia Indonesia Statement: We regret to confirm flight QZ8501 Airbus A320-200 has lost contact


AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (Surabaya LT) this morning. The flight took off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 0535hours.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were two pilots, four flight attendants and one engineer on board.

The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours

There were 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew.

Nationalities of passengers and crew onboard are as below:

1 Singapore
1 Malaysia
1 France
3 South Korean
156 Indonesia

At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to enroute weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC).

The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on 16 November 2014.

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,


501 Astro

Wild weather around area where flight went missing

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[BREAKING] Watch the live press conference from Indonesia regarding AirAsia flight at 501 Astro and online:

flight : The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has released a statement

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Video: AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore missing

Missing flight has 6 crew & 155 passengers, incl. 16 kids & 1 baby (initial report was 162 total)

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,

LIVE: AirAsia plane with 162 aboard missing in Indonesia

By Dec 28, 2014 12:26PM UTC

Pic: AP.
Pic: AP.


* Indonesia’s MetroTV station is reporting that an AirAsia plane with 162 people aboard is missing after takeoff from Indonesia on the way to Singapore.

* QZ 8501 took off from Surabaya at 5.20am local time on Sunday and was scheduled to land at Changi Airport at 8.30am.

12.50: AirAsia has changed the color of its logo on its social media accounts to grey:

12.29pm: Channel News Asia tweets that pilot requested to increase altitude before contact was lost:


11.50am: AirAsia confirms that flight QZ 8501 is missing:

11.42am: This tweet shows the location of flight QZ 8501 when it contact was lost early Sunday morning:


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