The news went terribly devastating when the plane from AirAsia that was travelling from Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore went missing on Sunday. The Flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200 lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday morning due to bad weather. On Tuesday, 30th Dec, with the help of navy and air force, Indonesian rescuers found dozens of bodies and wreckages from the sea off the coast of Borneo. Relatives of the people missing sobbed severely, leaving behind them in total grief and sorrow.
After continuous search for 2 days, the navy said that 40 bodies had been discovered. Indonesian officials have said that three pieces of airplane debris sighted off Kalimantan coast in the Java Sea were likely to be from missing Air Asia jet. However the plane is still missing. There were 162 people in the flight. The airline said most of the passengers on board Flight QZ8501 were Indonesians, with three South Koreans and one person each from Singapore, Malaysia, Britain and France.
Flight QZ8501 went missing after air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft about 45 minutes after it left Juanda international airport at Surabaya in East Java at 5.20am on Sunday. The plane had encountered storm clouds and sparking an international hunt with dozens of planes, ships and helicopters. The plane’s cockpit voice and flight data recorders, or black boxes, have yet to be recovered. The last communication indicated the pilots were worried about bad weather. Shortly before disappearing, Air Asia said the pilot of the plane had asked permission from air traffic control to change course and climb above bad weather in an area noted for severe thunderstorms. Few minutes later, the jet disappeared from the radar without issuing a distress signal.
It’s reported that six bodies have been spotted in the waters by search teams, and three recovered so far. Ships from five countries will continue the search effort Wednesday morning. Tony Fernandes, founder and chief executive of Air Asia said, “I am absolutely devastated. This is a very difficult moment for all of us at Air Asia as we await further development of the search and rescue operations but our first priority now is well-being of the family members of those on board QZ8501.” The news from Indonesia prompted Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes to take to twitter to offer condolences to relatives of the presumably lost passengers and crew. “My heart is filled with sadness,” tweeted the tycoon, who has long prided himself on his hugely popular airline’s superior service and safety record.
The aircraft was operated by Air Asia Indonesia, a unit of Malaysian-based Air Asia which dominates Southeast Asia’s booming low-cost airline market. Air Asia said the missing jet last underwent maintenance on November 16. The company has never suffered a fatal accident. The disappearance of an Air Asia flight has marked a tragic climax to a heartbreaking 2014 for Malaysians who are still grieving from the loss of two planes operated by their national carrier, and has some wondering whether their country is cursed.