In a deja-vu within the same year, another Malaysian plane, this time belonging to AirAsia with 162 people aboard has mysteriously disappeared mid-air enroute to Singapore from Indonesia, echoing similar shocking incident when MH370 went missing since March 8.
The Malaysian-owned AirAsia aircraft took off at 5.20 a.m. from the Indonesian city Surabaya and was to land at Singapore’s Changi Airport at 8.30 a.m. but lost contact with air traffic control between Kalimantan and Belitung island.
An Indonesian transport ministry official said the aircraft asked for an unusual route before that. “The weather was not good, it was bad at the estimated location the plane lost contact. We just received a weather report from the national meteorological, geophysics and climatology agency,” the official added.
Out of 162 passengers and crew on board, 138 are adults and 16 children, with one infant. Besides two pilots, five cabin crew were also aboard and their nationalities are: 156 Indonesians, three South Koreans, one French, one Malaysian and one Singaporean.
Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said his country’s air force C130s and navy ships were on standby and informed his counterpart, the Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu.
AirAsia said the plane’s the captain of the Airbus A320-200 has a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer 2,275 flying hours. Singapore’s Changi Airport is also on standby to provide assistance to next-of-kin of passengers on the flight.
This is the third incident for Malaysia which has lost its MH370 in March that was still untraceable while another MH17 was shot down by Ukrainian rebels on July 17. The yearend saw that it lost AirAsia plane today without trace so far.(With inputs from IANS)