Flight QZ8501: Last detected position about 100 nautical miles off Belitung Island

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

"The position where contact was lost was between Tanjung Pandan and Pontianak, about 100 nautical miles south-east of Tanjung Pandan," said Djoko.

Meanwhile, flight tracking website Flightradar24.com stated that the reported position of the missing QZ8501 was at Latitude - 4.1235 and Longitude 110.3821 at 32,050 feet (9.679 metres) above sea level.

Additionally, the site said on its Twitter account, @flightradar24 that "Flightradar24 did not pick up any emergency signals from #QZ8501."


The plane lost communication with Indonesia's Surabaya airport 42 minutes after takeoff at 5:35 a.m local time (6.35am Malaysian time) Hadi Mustofa, an official of Indonesia's Transportation Ministry told Indonesia's MetroTV.

AirAsia said in a statement that the plane was an Airbus A320-200 and that search and rescue operations were in progress.

Mustofa said the plane had seven crew and 155 passengers

He said the plane lost contact when it was believed to be over the Java Sea between Kalimantan and Java islands.