North Gazette News/New Delhi
In a major development that could lead to solve the mystery of #Air Asia QZ8501 flight, Australian planes have reportedly spotted aircraft debris, suspected to be of missing aircraft.
Media reports quoting Australian officials claimed that Aussie planes have spotted some objects, suspected to be of #Air Asia QZ8501 flight in Java sea near East Belitung.
Reports say that the Indonesian officials are trying to confirm the same and search and rescue operation were on locate #Air Asia QZ8501 flight.
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.
Earlier, Indonesian government had said that no distress signal was received from pilot. Malaysian PM had 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 and they can call on phone number +622 129 850 801 for info on missing flight.