Family members anxiously await answers — discrepancy of one crew member on manifest
By Shepard Ambellas
SURABAYA, Indonesia (INTELLIHUB.COM) — AirAsia flight Qz8501, an Airbus A320-200, was en route from Juanda International Airport in Indonesia to Singapore when it went missing from air traffic control radar screens at 6:17 PM local time Sunday, 41 minutes into the flight.
The last known contact with the airliner, carrying 162 people, was over the Java Sea, somewhere between the islands of Borneo and Belitung, when the pilot requested to change the flight plan due to bad weather.
So far, according to reports, the darkness and bad weather has made it difficult for search teams to operate in the area. Although some experts are saying that the “urgency” displayed by authorities to recover the aircraft and its occupants is simply not there. There is still a good window for recovery as water temperatures are somewhat “warm” in the region and can “sustain life” for some periods of time, according to one expert on CNN.
The aircraft’s fuel supply would have technically been “exhausted” already, reports say, While it’s still a possibility that the plane landed at an unknown location after contact was lost. Keep in mind there has been no mention of the planes transponders at this point by the press.
The flight was scheduled to for a duration of 1 hour and 21 minutes.
No distress signal was activated.
While AirAsia has done everything it can to pacify passenger family members and loved ones, the company claims they have “no further information” about the aircraft and its passengers at this time.
According to ABC and a statement made by AirAsia, “The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer had a total of 2,275 flying hours, according to the airline. The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on November 16, 2014.”
Interestingly there is a small discrepancy of staff who were aboard the flight, some conflicting information. The actual flight manifest showed that their were 155 passengers aboard with 7 crew members, although the Indonesian Transport Ministry reports 155 passengers and only 6 crew members, a difference of 1 crew member.
Two military C-130 aircraft were activated after the plane was reported missing to aid in the search.
This marks the third Malaysian-linked aircraft involved incident to happen this year and may play into part of a bigger plan not yet revealed by mainstream sources.
It was also reported that 17 children were among the passengers aboard.
AirAsia 8501 Missing: Timeline of Events — ABC
Search and Rescue Operation Suspended for Missing AirAsia Jet — ABC
AirAsia flight with 162 on board goes missing — WMUR9
AsiaAir statement on missing Flight QZ8501 — CBC.ca
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