An AirAsia flight traveling from Indonesia to Singapore has gone missing, officials said Saturday.
The flight carrying seven crew and 155 passengers lost contact with air traffic control after taking off from the Indonesian city of Surabaya, according to Indonesian media.
The aircraft, an Airbus A320-200, vanished at 7:24 a.m. local time, according to a post on AirAsia’s Facebook page.
“At the present time we unfortunately have no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board, but we will keep all parties informed as more information becomes available,” the post continued.
“At this time, search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service.”
The airline set up an emergency call center “available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft.” The number is: +622129850801.
Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa said the aircraft, flight number QZ 8501, had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact over the Java Sea between Kalimantan and Java islands.
The incident marks the second time this year that a passenger jet vanished over a body of water.
Malaysia Air Flight 370 disappeared in March with 239 passengers and crew on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
The wreckage, despite an expansive multi-nation search, has yet to be found.
With News Wire Services