An AirAsia plane went missing with 162 people aboard. No sign of the missing jet more than 10 hours after it lost contact with air-traffic control, officials said Sunday. After hours of scouring the Java Sea, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said aircraft were suspending their search for the night, according to The Associated Press.
AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control at around 7:24 a.m. local time on Sunday after requesting a course change due to bad weather while en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. Indonesia’s acting director general of transportation said there had been no distress signal from the cockpit of the Airbus A320-200.
Indonesia Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan told reporters in Surabaya that search-and-rescue efforts now involved the Indonesian army, the national Search and Rescue Agency as well as Singapore and Malaysia, according to The Associated Press. The Search and Rescue Agency’s operation chief, Maj. Gen. Tatang Zaenudin, said 200 rescuers had been deployed to the east side of Belitung island, the AP reported. Singapore’s military confirmed to NBC News that it had deployed a C-130 plane to assist in search and rescue efforts.
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