Date
22 September 2017
Rohana, mother of flight attendant Khairunisah (right), who was on the missing plane, waits anxiously for news with relatives at home in Palembang, Sumatra. Photos: AFP, family of Khairunisah
Rohana, mother of flight attendant Khairunisah (right), who was on the missing plane, waits anxiously for news with relatives at home in Palembang, Sumatra. Photos: AFP, family of Khairunisah

Indonesia resumes search for missing AirAsia plane

Indonesia resumed at dawn Monday the search for a plane carrying 162 people from Surabaya city to Singapore, Reuters reported.

The Airbus A320-200, operated by Indonesia AirAsia, went missing Sunday just after the pilot requested a change in course to avoid bad weather.

Singapore said it had sent two naval vessels to help the Indonesian military look for the aircraft. It also said a C-130 air force plane took part in the search Sunday.

Malaysia will send three naval vessels and a C-130 to assist, Singapore’s Channel News Asia television reported.

Australia, the United States, Britain, South Korea and India also offered help, ranging from planes and navy ships to experts and investigators.

The carrier is 49 percent owned by Malaysia-based budget carrier Air Asia.

The AirAsia group, including affiliates in Thailand, the Philippines and India, has not suffered a crash since its Malaysian budget operations began in 2002.

On board Flight QZ8501 were 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans and one person each from Singapore, Malaysia and Britain, the report said. The co-pilot was French.

The Indonesian pilot was experienced and the plane last underwent maintenance in mid-November, the airline said. 

The missing plane has been in service for just over six years, airfleets.net data shows.

The plane was about halfway between Surabaya and Singapore when it lost contact with air traffic control at 6:17 a.m. Sunday, Indonesian officials said. No distress call was received.

A transport ministry official said Indonesia will lead the investigation.

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