Indonesian officials have confirmed that bodies and debris found in the Java Sea off Borneo are from AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing on Sunday, a statement by AirAsia says. AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes said he was "devastated" by the news. President Joko Widodo told media he had instructed all search teams to focus on finding the passengers and crew.
A missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of the sea after it was presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official said on Monday, as countries around Asia sent ships and planes to help in the search. The Indonesia AirAsia plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission to fly higher to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday.
As officials speculate the missing plane is at the “bottom of the sea,” experts question whether the Airbus 320 ran into similar problems as a doomed Air France flight in 2009. As the second day of searching for AirAsia flight 8501 ended without finding any trace of the Airbus A320, Bambang Soelisto, the chief of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency, said the airplane “was likely to be at the bottom of the sea.” This was very blunt and surprising to hear from any official in charge of an aviation disaster. It leaves the impression that the airplane hit the water and sank whole. That never happens.
AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared over the Java Sea an hour into its flight at 06:24 local time (23:24 GMT Saturday). Bad weather was reported in the area but no distress call was made and no wreckage has been sighted.
An AirAsia flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control after take-off, the airline has said, as a search-and-rescue operation kicked off in the third air incident connected to Malaysia's aviation industry. AirAsia, a regional low-cost carrier with presence in several Southeast Asian countries, said in a statement that the missing plane was an Airbus A320-200 with 162 people on board, and was supposed to land in Singapore at 8:30am local time on Sunday.
Rescuers scouring Indonesian waters for an AirAsia plane that went missing with 162 people aboard have found no sign of the missing jet more than 16 hours after it lost contact with air-traffic control, officials said Sunday. After more than 10 hours of scouring the Java Sea, Indonesian authorities called off the aerial search for the night and said it would resume at 6 a.m. Monday (6 p.m. ET Sunday). Achmad Toha of Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) said some ships in the area would continue looking for the missing plane overnight, according to The Associated Press.
A major volcanic eruption in Indonesia has shrouded a large swath of the most heavily populated island in ash, triggering the evacuation of more than 100,000 people and the closure of three international airports. Two people were killed in the overnight eruption of Java island's Mount Kelud, which could be heard up to 125 miles (200km) away, Indonesia's disaster agency said.
An explosive volcanic eruption on Indonesia's most populous island blasted ash and debris 12 miles into the air Friday, killing three people while forcing authorities to evacuate more than 100,000 and close six airports. The overnight eruption of Java island's Mount Kelud could be heard up to 125 miles away, Indonesia's disaster agency said. "The eruption sounded like thousands of bombs exploding," Ratno Pramono, a 35-year-old farmer, said after returning from an evacuation center to check on his property in the village of Sugihwaras, around three miles from the crater. "I thought doomsday was upon us. Women and children were screaming and crying."