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Sun Java Sea with 162 people on an AirAsia jet that disappeared aboard the Destiny absent more than 16 hours after violent weather remained a mystery.

Flight 8501 about 7:24 pm (Saturday, 6:24 pm ET) when I lost contact with air traffic control Surabaya, Indonesia, was bound for Singapore, the airline said in a statement. Surabaya is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, Singapore is 13 hours ahead of ET.

Indonesia 7 pm ET on day trips in the night air search has ended. Ahmad Toha, a member of the country’s search and rescue agency, find some ships were still in the area. Air search resumed at dawn on Monday, was set to.

“We have no idea what went wrong this time,” Tony Fernandes, a Malaysian businessman and regional low-cost carrier said the CEO. “Let’s not speculate at this time.”

Djoko Murjatmodjo, transportation, Acting Director General of Indonesia plane disappeared from radar minutes, before turning left pilots and 34,000 feet, going from high to avoid a cloud bank for air traffic control he asked. Flight 8501 gave no indication of trouble, he said.

Tyler Roys AccuWeather meteorologist at this time along with the flight path of the storm was criticized by a string told USA Today.

“It’s hard to say if 34,000 feet is enough,” Roys said. “We really high up the storm, were very tall figure. The icing on the height of severe turbulence, wind shear, electric and may face.”

AirAsia plane six Indonesian crew, a French crew members and 155 passengers, including 16 children and an infant, said in a statement. Travelers in South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and one Englishman. The rest are Indonesian, the statement said.

On the Indonesian part of Borneo island Murjatmodjo plane, Belitung Island and Tanjung Pandan on Pontianak somewhere between the Java Sea is believed to have gone missing. Contact about 42 minutes after takeoff from Surabaya Airport was lost, officials said.

Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport, dozens of relatives crying and hours dragged on without additional reports as looking dazed, talking on mobile phones, sat in a room. As word spread, more and more family members arrived at the crisis center to await word. and more family members arrived at the crisis center to await word.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s condolence tweeted: “. Flight # QZ8501 saddened to hear of the missing passengers and my thoughts are with his family.”

In Washington, White House spokesman Eric Schultz, President Obama has lost ship and that I was aware that “White House officials will continue to monitor the situation.”

Years in the region is dominated by cheap travel, which AirAsia,, has never lost a plane. AirAsia about the missing aircraft before issuing this statement, officials from gray red logo of the airline’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have changed.

Captain Iriyanto flight documentation as indicated in the ship’s captain, had a total of 6,100 flight hours. The first officer had a total of 2,275 flight hours, in Sepang near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, based in AirAsia, said.

Flightradar24, a flight tracking website, Airbus A320-200 with registration number PK- AXC, the aircraft was delivered in September 2008. The 16 was his last scheduled maintenance, airline officials said.

Worldwide, 3.606 A320s, according to Airbus, are in operation. In a statement, the firm AirAsia aircraft had accumulated 13,600 flight hours almost 23,000 flights. The BEA, the French helped the safety investigation authority, and the authorities will investigate the charge.

“Airbus management and staff QZ 8501 flight thoughts are with all those affected by,” the statement added.

Southeast Asia this year for the third big air event:

  • 8 March, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 wide-body, shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing. One of the greatest aviation mystery remains missing with 239 people.
  • 17 July, also a Boeing 777 and Malaysia Airlines flight, rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine was shot down over while on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. A total of 298 people on board were killed.

Malaysia Airlines to AirAsia, tweeting offered his help: “. #staystrong AirAsia – Board QZ8501 Our thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends”Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak tweeted: “Very sad to hear that AirAsia Indonesia QZ8501 is missing. My thoughts are with the families. Malaysia stands ready to help.”

William Waldock, in Prescott Embry – Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona on search and rescue specialist with the crash, Flight 370 disappeared warned against drawing comparisons.

“I think we have to play it out,” he said. “Hopefully, the plane will be found, and that it will probably be in the next few hours if that happens. So far, we have to reserve judgment.”

Contributing: Associated Press, Jean Onyanga – Omara, USA Today