AirAsia plane with 161 aboard missing in Indonesia

Dec 27, 2014 10:48 PM

An AirAsia plane with 161 people aboard is missing and search and rescue operations are underway.

The jet lost contact with ground control on Sunday after takeoff from Indonesia on the way to Singapore.

The Singapore Civil Aviation Authority says the plane lost communication with Jakarta's air traffic control at 7:24 a.m., local time about an hour before it was scheduled to land in Singapore. The contact was lost about 42 minutes after takeoff from Indonesia's Surabaya airport.

AirAsia says the plane, flight 8501, was an Airbus A320-200.

The general manager of Surabaya's Juanda airport says the plane had six crew and 155 passengers aboard, including 16 children and one infant.

He says there were six foreigners - three South Koreans including an infant and one each from Singapore, British and Malaysia.

The airport official says the plane lost contact when it was believed to be over the Java Sea between Kalimantan and Java islands.

He says the weather in the area was cloudy


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