Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 carrying 155 passengers and 6 crew members went missing 41 minutes after taking off from Surabaya en route to Singapore.
The plane took off at 5:30AM on Sunday morning Indonesia time and was scheduled to land in Singapore at 8:30AM local time.
The information is constantly updated on major news sites about the situation with this flight.
The last estimated position of QZ8501 according to Flightradar24 website:
Let’s hope that something good will come out of this, although when planes go missing it usually means that something really unfortunate have happened.
Indonesia AirAsia is one of the many AirAsia (based in Kuala Lumpur) affiliates.
I am taking a Thai AirAsia flight from Jakarta to Bangkok this coming Tuesday morning. I have no reservations flying this airline even after what looks like a tragic event.
Although this is not really a Malaysian-based carrier, it goes without saying that it’s been a pretty bad year for Malaysia Airlines and now the Air Asia group. Though this plane may have deviated for weather, it’s pretty rare that an aircraft to go down in weather.
Based on the poor track record until recently in Indonesian aviation, it is likely a maintenance issue (or lack thereof) may be the root cause of this disappearance.