Search resumes for missing AirAsia jet, ‘suspicious’ objects spotted
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Search resumes for missing AirAsia jet, ‘suspicious’ objects spotted

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7.32pm: We are wrapping up our live coverage for now, many thanks for reading. Please see our Malaysia page for latest updates.

3.58pm: Associated Press reports that an Australian plane has spotted objects in the sea in the AirAsia flight search area:

Jakarta’s Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto says he was informed Monday that an Australian Orion aircraft had detected suspicious objects near Nangka island, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Pangkalan Bun, near central Kalimantan, or 700 miles (1,120 kilometers) from the location where the plane lost contact.

11.40am: A grim outlook from Indonesian authorities:

9am: Ships and planes have resumed searching for a passenger jet that went missing more than 24 hours ago on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore.

First Admiral Sigit Setiayana, the Naval Aviation Center Commander at the Surabaya air force base, said Monday that 12 navy ships, five planes, three helicopters and a number of warships were searching an area of east and southeast Belitung island and nearby waters. Setiaya says visibility was good.

“God willing, we can find it soon,” Setiayana told The Associated Press.  

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28

8pm: Thanks for following our live coverage of the search for missing flight QZ8501. We will resume coverage when the search resumes tomorrow.

7.45pm: The search and rescue operation for missing flight QZ 8501 has been called off for the night. It will resume tomorrow.

7.18pm: AirAsia has updated the nationalities of passengers and crew on board flight QZ 8501:

PASSENGERS: 149 Indonesia, 3 South Korea, 1 Singapore, 1 Malaysia, 1 United Kingdom. CREW: 6 Indonesia, 1 France.

7.18pm: Changi Airport in Singapore has said in a statement:

As of this update, 47 relatives and friends of 57 passengers on board Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 have registered at Singapore Changi Airport’s Relatives’ Holding Area (RHA) at Terminal 2. Help and support are being provided to them at the RHA by 36 Changi Airport Group (CAG) care officers and four counsellors from the Ministry of Social and Family Development. Other staff from CAG, AirAsia and airport partners, as well as officials from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, have also been present to assist.

7.13pm: READ MORE: Transparency, compassion mark Malaysia’s latest aviation crisis

6.36pm: Australian PM Tony Abbott has offered his support:

 

6.11pm: Darkness is now approaching over the Java Sea, where contact with AirAsia flight QZ8501 was lost early this morning. Indonesian authorities say the search for the missing plane is ongoing, but is being hampered by poor visibility and harsh weather conditions.

6.01pm:

5.57pm: Despite flight QZ 8501 going missing earlier today, other AirAsia flights continue as normal around Asia today:

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Passengers queue for their flights at the AirAsia check-in counter in Changi International Airport in Singapore, Sunday. Pic: AP.

5.50pm: Airbus issued a statement on missing flight QZ 8501 –  an Airbus A320-200 – Sunday. Key excerpt:

The aircraft involved is MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 3648, registered as PK-AXC and was delivered to AirAsia from the production line in October 2008. Powered by CFM 56-5B engines, the aircraft had accumulated approximately 23,000 flight hours in some 13,600 flights. At this time no further factual information is available.

5.35pm: Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai says Malaysia has deployed 3 vessels and one aircraft to assist in the search and rescue efforts in the Java Sea.

4.42pm: Singapore has joined the search and rescue efforts:

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Singapore’s aviation authority releases a statement confirming that Indonesia has accepted its offer of assistance.

4pm: AirAsia GCEO Tony Fernandes is traveling to Surabuya, Indonesia, where the flight took off from this morning:

3.50pm: Malaysia’s Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai has said the Malaysian governmentt has set up a rescue coordination center and is “deploying assets” to aid the search and rescue operation.

3.10pm: Malaysia Airlines, which has lost two flights with hundreds of passengers on board this year, sends its thoughts and prayers:

2.54pm: Three South Korean passengers are a man, woman and baby. Local reports say they are a family:

2.34pm: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak responds to news of the missing flight Sunday afternoon:

2.31pm: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong “saddened to hear of missing flight”:

2.28pm: RECAP: It is now almost six hours since AirAsia flight QZ 8501, which took off from Surabaya, Indonesia with 162 on board, was due to land at Changi Airport, Singapore. A search and rescue operation is now underway.

2.18pm: Indonesian authorities have confirmed that it is impossible for the plane to be still in the air, confirming reports that it would have run out of fuel some time ago.

2pm: UNCONFIRMED: Reports still coming in that flight QZ5801 may have crashed in Belitung Timur:

1.53pm: UPDATED: Nationalities of flight QZ 8501 passengers: 156 Indonesia; 3 South Korean; 1 Singapore; 1 Malaysia; 1 France. Source: AirAsia.

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Relatives of the passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8501 wait for the latest news on the missing jetliner at a crisis center set up by local authority at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Sunday. Pic: AP.

1.48pm: AirAsia has released its second statement relating to missing flight QZ 8501. It said that the plane underwent its last scheduled maintenance on November 16, 2014. It has established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft. The number is: +622129850801.

1.44pm: China’s @CCTVNews tweets unconfirmed report of plane wreckage found east of Belitung Island in Indonesia:

1.37pm: A holding area has been set up at Changi Airport, Singapore to assist next of kin:

1.23pm: It is now almost five hours since AirAsia flight QZ8501 was scheduled to land in Singapore. A search operation is now underway.

1.14pm: Al Jazeera TV reports 16 children and one baby on board flight QZ 8501.

1.12pm: Of the 162 people on board flight QZ 8501, 155  are passengers and seven are crew. The nationality breakdown is as follows: – 149 Indonesians – 3 Koreans – 1 Singaporean – 1 British – 1 Malaysian.

1.06pm: Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority released this statement today. It says a number of agencies, including the Singapore Navy and Air Force, are on standby to help with the search for the missing plane.

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This statement was released by Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority Sunday. Pic: AP.

12.55pm: A tweet from AirAsia  GCEO Tony Fernandes:

12.50pm: AirAsia has changed the color of its logo on its social media accounts to grey:

12.29pm: Channel News Asia tweets that pilot requested to increase altitude before contact was lost:

12.05pm:

11.50am: AirAsia confirms that flight QZ 8501 is missing:

11.42am: This tweet shows the location of flight QZ 8501 when it contact was lost early Sunday morning: