You are here:   Home/ Development News/ Highlights

Indonesia resumes search for missing AirAsia plane

Xinhua, December 29, 2014 Adjust font size:

Search and rescue operation for an AirAsia plane that went missing on Sunday with 162 people on board resumed on Monday morning, rescuer said here. "Some plane and helicopters have moved to the waters where the jetliner was believed to have lost since 05:30 a.m. Jakarta time," Ahmad Toha, official in charge at the national search and rescue office, told Xinhua by phone.

The operation was halted at 17:00 p.m. Jakarta time on Sunday due to darkness at the highly suspected area on the waters near the Bangka Belitung islands, he said. "The agency has broadcast information to ships that were passing through the waters to join in monitoring the seas and asked them to report whether they found any signs of crash,"said Toha.

The army will conduct search on land around the scene where the plane was believed to go missing, according to Djoko Murjatmodjo, Indonesia's acting director general of transportation.

Flight QZ8501 lost contact with the ground after the air traffic control consent to the pilot's request to change flight route but it did not approve the request to increase its height to 34,000 feet, said Murjatmodjo.

The Airbus A320-200, which set off from Surabaya to Singapore, lost contact with air traffic control about 42 minutes after its takeoff at 5:35 a.m. local time (2235 GMT Saturday) from Surabaya in Indonesia's East Java province.

There were 155 passengers and seven crew members on board the flight.

Bookmark and Share

Related News & Photos