Air Asia plane goes missing with 160 on board

North Gazette News/ Singapore
An Air Asia plane today went missing when plane lost contact over the Java Sea, between the islands of Kalimantan and Java. Sources said there were around 162 persons on board, including two pilots and five cabin crew, mostly Indonesian.

The plane took off from Surabaya (Indonesia) at 5.20 am local time and was scheduled to land at Singapore’s Changi Airport at 8.30 am.The aircraft pilot which had more than 6100 hours flying experience had asked to fly at 38,000 feet to avoid clouds.

Officials said that pilot of plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact and that the weather had been cloudy.

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.

information being updated shortly