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“AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact at 07:24hrs this morning,” Xinhua reported citing a statement issued by AirAsia. There was no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members onboard but search and rescue operations are in progress, and the airline is cooperating and assisting the rescue service, the statement added. (Read: AirAsia Flight QZ8501 to Singapore with 162 passengers on-board goes missing) Also Read - Feared COVID-19 Passengers Get On Board, AirAsia Pilot Exits Through Cockpit Window
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. AirAsia has established an emergency call centre for the family or friends of those who were onboard. The number is: +622129850801.
Here is the complete statement issued by AirAsia:
“AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24hrs this morning.
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.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC.
At this time, search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service.
AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft. The number is: +622129850801.
AirAsia will release further information as soon as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the AirAsia website,www.airasia.com.“