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Topic # 160221 28-Dec-2014 17:42
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30614627





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  Reply # 1205055 28-Dec-2014 17:42
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An AirAsia flight travelling from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control, the company has said.

Indonesian media say more than 160 people were on board the Airbus A320-200. The aircraft, flight number QZ8501, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (00:24 GMT), AirAsia tweeted.

The company said that search and rescue operations were under way for the missing plane. An official with the transport ministry, Hadi Mustofa, told local media the plane lost contact over the Java Sea, which lies between Surabaya and Singapore. He said the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact.

AirAsia have given few other details. "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," a company statement said.




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  Reply # 1205060 28-Dec-2014 17:47
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Reports are stating that the weather was really bad in the area.




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  Reply # 1205064 28-Dec-2014 17:50
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I'm beginning to think the gods are angry at Malaysia.

but that's a very foolish thing to say in the 21st century, my thoughts are with all the people on board and relatives of those on board




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  Reply # 1205077 28-Dec-2014 18:19
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This is getting to the point of craziness.

How does this happen!  I hope they have it's actual last known position this time around at the very least.





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  Reply # 1205086 28-Dec-2014 18:35
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Did the US Navy shoot it down?

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  Reply # 1205144 28-Dec-2014 20:58

Zippity: Did the US Navy shoot it down?


I doubt it was them.

They have definitely done things like in the past.

But, I don't think they could keep it secret.



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  Reply # 1205145 28-Dec-2014 21:03
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Aircraft is an A320-200. Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, have all started search operations.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/massive-air-sea-search-for-missing-airasia-flight-qz8501


I assume the blue line end is where the flight lost contact.

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  Reply # 1205149 28-Dec-2014 21:15
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Apparently wreckage has been found now...

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  Reply # 1205163 28-Dec-2014 22:00
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I don't see any credible report of wreckage having been found (yet).
Lots of conjecture about "severe turbulence" - but that shouldn't take a modern airliner down at cruising altitude.
No contact / mayday call.  Bomb or catastrophic failure.  Very bad news.



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  Reply # 1205166 28-Dec-2014 22:06
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I'm still amazed ... You can spy on anything in the world, but can't tell when an aircraft is ...




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  Reply # 1205167 28-Dec-2014 22:07
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Also, anyone knows there was certainly no mayday call

I'm saying this coz if you go to cnn there are some videos the expert suggests Indon atc "incompetent" but I was distracted didn't know the context of that sentence




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  Reply # 1205170 28-Dec-2014 22:14
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No wreckage yet has been found any reports it has are false

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  Reply # 1205171 28-Dec-2014 22:19
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joker97: Also, anyone knows there was certainly no mayday call

I'm saying this coz if you go to cnn there are some videos the expert suggests Indon atc "incompetent" but I was distracted didn't know the context of that sentence


Conjecture about the competence of Indonesian ATC is extremely premature.
If the aircraft issued a mayday/emergency call, it would have been picked up by other ATC, civilian, or military aircraft within range.

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  Reply # 1205174 28-Dec-2014 22:34
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billgates: Reports are stating that the weather was really bad in the area.


The weather was normal for this time of year. Thunderstorms which they deal with on a daily basis.  That's not to say the prevailing conditions weren't a factor which is quite possible.




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  Reply # 1205176 28-Dec-2014 22:45
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This just gives me the absolute shivers. 

We've had so many plane crashes and incidents this year, and we all thought it couldn't really get worse. Then bang smack in the middle of the Holiday period another one goes missing. 

My partner is flying back from Hawaii tonight and I nearly died when I saw the heading online before I saw where it was from. Can't imagine what all the family and friends of the passengers are going through right now, or even the passengers themselves if (fingers crossed!) they've survived and are waiting to be rescued somewhere. Absolutely terrifying and tragic. 




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