AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501: What we know so far

AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501: What we know so far
An official from Indonesia's national search and rescue agency in Medan, North Sumatra points at his computer screen to the position where AirAsia flight QZ8501 went missing off the waters of Indonesia on December 28, 2014.

PETALING JAYA: Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, a Singapore-bound flight that took off from Surabaya's Juanda International Airport, went off flight control radar 42 minutes into its journey.

6.35am (Malaysian time): Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 leaves Surabaya's Juanda International Airport at 5.35am local time with 162 people on board and is scheduled to arrive at its destination at Changi Airport, Singapore at 8.30am.

7.24am: QZ8501 loses contact with Jakarta air traffic control at 7.24am.

7.54am: Singapore air traffic control is informed of loss of contact by its Jakarta counterparts. The Airbus A320-200 was flying in Indonesian airspace when contact was lost about 200 nautical miles south-east of the Singapore-Jakarta flight information region boundary.

1.10pm: Indonesia's Air Transport Director Djoko Murjatmodjo announced the last detected position of the missing AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501 is believed to be between Tanjung Pandan on Belitung island and Kalimantan, Indonesia.

5.06pm: Malaysia deploys three vessels and a C130 Hercules aircraft to assist in search operations, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, adding that the Ministry had set up a Rescue Coordination Centre at the KL Air Traffic Control Centre in Subang, led by Indonesian officials.

Liow also refutes reports of the plane crashing in East Belintung, says this is mere speculation.

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