Air Asia flight QZ8501 crashed in East Belitung?, search operation on

North Gazette News/New Delhi
Air Asia flight QZ8501 that went missing with 162 persons while on its way to Singapore from Indonesia, has reportedly crashed into sea waters near East Belitung, Bangka Beltung.

As per reports, Indonesian authorities didn’t confirmed the news but said that search and rescue teams have been rushed to the area to confirm whether it had crashed at East Belitung site.

The Air Asia Airbus 320 has reportedly taken a different route after taking off from Surabaya in Indonesia and it was reportedly flying over an area, experiencing heavy thunderstorms.

Air Asia flight QZ8501 had lost contact with Air Traffic Controller 42 minutes after taking off from Indonesia to Singapore. There was 162 persons on board including 7 crew personnel and 155 persons were Indonesian national while three were from South Korea and one each from UK, France, Malaysia and Singapore.

Indonesian government said that no distress signal was received from pilot. Malaysian PM issued in a statement issued said that it was ready to provide assistance to Indonesia.

Malaysia-based AirAsia has tweeted that search and rescue operations are under way.

AirAsia has set up an emergency line for family or friends of those who may be on board. The number is +622 129 850 801.