by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Four minutes after the last communication from the pilot, a request to climb from 32,000 feet to 38,000 feet, Flight 8501 simply disappeared from tracking. Traffic control never gave them permission to make the climb over the storm because there was another flight at that altitude directly behind them.
UPDATE: Here is the passenger list.
UPDATE: Only 26 passengers listed on manifest? I thought there was supposed to be a hundred and fifty-five?
A reported passenger manifest shows a total of 26 passengers, including three infants, who were scheduled to be aboard but are listed as no-shows. Huffington Post
So that means 23 passengers of the 155 originally reported?
[ah, I read that wrong, my bad]
“AirAsia, which is headquartered in Malaysia, is one of the fastest growing low-cost carriers in Asia. It has never lost a plane before, according to the Associated Press.” Huffington Post
AirAsia flight QZ8501 has gone missing with 162 persons on board during a return trip from Surabaya to Singapore. It disappeared off ADS-B tracking somewhere in the Java Sea just south of a little island called Belitung.
As you can tell from this FlightRadar24 graphic, the plane dropped off the transponder fix suddenly from around 32,000 feet. That’s pretty remarkable.
According to another image from FlightRadar24, there were a total of three passenger planes on that same flight path: QZ8501, AWQ502 and UAE409. Both of the others landed on time. It is known that 502 was flying at a higher altitude, 38,000 feet and they may have been able to fly over the turbulence that 8501 supposedly encountered.
Curiously, it has been reported that the pilot of Flight 8501 had just asked to climb to a higher altitude to get over the weather. CNN reports the plane disappeared at an altitude of 38,000 feet, the same as Flight 502.
The aircraft, flying from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, went missing as it flew at 38,000 feet over the Java Sea between the islands of Belitung and Borneo
Flight 8501 “was requesting deviation due to en route weather before communication with the aircraft was lost,” the airline said.
The flight’s captain asked permission to climb to a higher altitude, Murdjatmojo said, according to the national news agency. CNN
Did Flight 8501 climb from 32,000 to 38,000 feet and if so, why did this one plane disappear while the one right behind it flew on to it’s destination?
Here’s another curious aspect of it: no distress call.
A Twitter user posted a graphic showing the weather in the area at the time of the disappearance.
Sputnik News is reporting that a family member of one of the passengers received a text claiming the plane successfully landed at Belitung and that all passengers are alive and well. They claim the report comes from Detik News.
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