Missing plane AirAsia Flight QZ-8501 has not “landed” at Changi Airport at Terminal 1 in Singapore.
A screenshot of the terminal, saying the plane “landed” there is not true. Another plane with the same number and route landed on Monday morning.
— DHIS (@ibGDhis) December 29, 2014
The missing flight disappeared from air traffic controller radars about a day ago, and the plane was only equipped for about four and a half hours worth of fuel.
Meanwhile, the search for the missing plane resumed on Monday morning after it was temporarily called off.
The plane is said to have gone missing somewhere near Belitung Island in Indonesia. It had 162 people on board.
Sunu Widyatmoko, CEO of AirAsia Indonesia said in a statement: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by this incident. We are cooperating with the relevant authorities to the fullest extent to determine the cause of this incident. In the meantime, our main priority is keeping the families of our passengers and colleagues informed on the latest developments.”
“We will do everything possible to support them as the investigation continues and have already mobilized a support team to help take care of their immediate needs, including accommodation and travel arrangements. A briefing center has also been set up in Surabaya for the families.”
AirAsia issued a release earlier today:
At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted, under the guidance of National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew and one engineer on board.
The captain in command had a total of 20,537 flying hours of which, 6,100 flying hours were with AirAsia Indonesia on the Airbus A320. The first office officer had a total of 2,275 flying hours with AirAsia Indonesia.
We will release further information as soon as it becomes available and our thoughts and prayers are with those on board QZ8501.