Writes BusinessInsider on this breaking news:
An AirAsia flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday, Indonesian media said, citing a Transport Ministry official.
Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa said the aircraft, flight number QZ 8501, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6:17 a.m local time. (6.17 p.m. EST).
The Airbus 320-200 had 155 passengers and crew on board, another Indonesian Transport official said.
Incredibly sad news, as it’s been almost 12 hours now without contact. Saying prayers that something would turn up on this soon to give light to what happened.
AirAsia is a Malaysian low-cost carrier. It’s been an incredibly tragic year for the Malaysian airline industry. First, the disappearance of MH370 (Malaysian Airlines) – a Boeing 700-200ER that disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 227 passengers and 12 crew en route from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Beijing (PEK). The plane is still missing with no true understanding on where it is or exactly what happened.
Then on July 17, 2014 another Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777-200ER – MH17 – was shot down over eastern Ukraine with 283 passengers and 15 crew on board, all of them passing away in the crash.
If you’re interested in keeping up with the story, one of the most credible places to follow the discussion and breaking of news is on Airliners.net’s forum.
In the meantime, we all pray for those on board the flight, and their families waiting anxiously for news.