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AIRASIA FLIGHT QZ8501: Search Suspended in Indonesia | VIDEO

Airasia Flight 8501 Search Suspended in Indonesia

By CBS News

     JAKARTA, Indonesia – Aircraft and ships that spent several hours searching Indonesian waters turned up no sign of an AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board in airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning, officials said.

Aircraft searching for AirAsia Flight 8501 called off the effort for the night and will resume at Monday morning, said Achmad Toha of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency. Some ships were continuing the search overnight, he said.

The plane took off Sunday morning from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, and was about halfway to its destination, Singapore, when it vanished from radar.

The last communication between the pilot and air traffic control was at 6:13 a.m. (2313 GMT Saturday), when the pilot “asked to avoid clouds by turning left and going higher to 34,000 feet (10,360 meters).” It was last seen on radar at 6:16 a.m., and a minute later was no longer there, Djoko Murjatmodjo, Indonesia’s acting director general of transportation, told reporters. . . .

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AIRASIA FLIGHT QZ8501: Several Aircraft Nearby When Signal was Lost

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Plane with 162 on Board Vanishes! | VIDEO

QZ8501 Flight History
QZ8501 Flight History. Flightradar24 picked up last signal 23:12 UTC (Credit: www.flightradar24.com


• Lane lost contact with air traffic control hours ago

• Pilots asked to fly at higher altitude due to weather

• Search area is a busy shipping channel

     (CNN) — An AirAsia passenger jet carrying 162 people lost contact with Indonesian air traffic control early Sunday, gripping Southeast Asia with a second missing plane crisis in less than a year.

The search operation for the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 has been halted for the night, but big ships won’t return to shore and will leave their searchlights on, according to the Indonesian Transportation Ministry.

Before communication was lost, one of the pilots asked to fly at a higher altitude because of bad weather, officials said.

The aircraft, flying from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, went missing as it flew at 38,000 feet over the Java Sea between the islands of Belitung and Borneo — a heavily traveled shipping channel with shallow waters, according to Indonesian authorities, who are leading the search and rescue operations.

AirAsia says it lost contact with the aircraft at 7:24 local time. . . .

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