Missing QZ8501: Plane made slight turning before losing contact, says report

PETALING JAYA: Missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 made a turning of a few degrees before losing contact, Indonesia's Metrotvnews reports.

The news agency quoted a representative from the republic's Transport Ministry as saying that the aircraft had requested to make a turning of a few degrees from its usual route from Surabaya to Singapore.

"It took a slightly different route," said Indonesia's Transport Ministry Special Officer Hadi Mustofa on Sunday.

"The pilot asked to increase the altitude from 3200 to 3400 (feet)," he said.

He, however, added that slight changes in routes were a usual occurrence.

According to Hadi, Flight QZ8501 may still be in the Indonesian region.

"It might be in Indonesia," he said, adding that bad weather and other factors could have caused Flight QZ8501 to go missing from the radar.