Flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore disappeared

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The plane, six-year-old, had its last maintenance on November 16 and the captain had more than 20,500 flight hours, almost 7,000 of them with AirAsia . The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore was informed about the missing plane by Jakarta ground control about half an hour after contact was lost. An immediate massive search and rescue operation was performed with participation with aircraft from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia but was halted for the night. “We are very devastated by what’s happened, it’s unbelievable,” told AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes who flew to Surabaya. The AirAsia group has previously had no fatal accidents involving its aircraft. From the 155 passengers on board were 137 adults, 17 children and one infant. AirAsia Group which employs more than 15,000 staff and has now flies to about 100 destinations in some 15 countries was founded in 2001 with main hub in Kuala Lumpur.

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