What we know
- Air traffic controllers lost contact with AirAsia flight QZ8501, traveling from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.
- Debris and bodies were found in the Karimata Strait of the Java Sea on Tuesday, and officials confirmed they came from the plane.
- The flight lost contact at 6:17 a.m. local time on Sunday, roughly 42 minutes after taking off from Surabaya. It was projected to last around two hours.
- The plane, an Airbus A320-200, was carrying 155 passengers (including 15 children and one infant) and seven crew members. The passenger total includes 149 Indonesians, three Koreans, one Singaporean, one British person, and one Malaysian.
- The plane lost contact with air traffic control somewhere between Kalimantan and Belitung island.
Map showing flight path of #AirAsia #QZ8501 and where debris from it was found http://t.co/DUkeNnqsz2 pic.twitter.com/YQiGpBvZgb— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 30, 2014
What we don't know
- What caused the accident. Right now, it's believed that weather played a role, as there were severe thunderstorms in the flight area. Indonesian transport officials said that before losing contact, the flight's pilot requested permission to take an alternate route to avoid storms, and also requested rise from 32,000 feet to 34,000 feet, but the plane never ascended.
- Where the main body of the aircraft is. Officials believe it's likely located on the ocean floor, which could help explain why no signals from the plane's Emergency Locator Transmitter have been detected.
Indonesia AirAsia #QZ8501 was flying at 32000 feet over Java Sea when ADS-B signal was lost pic.twitter.com/Xqy2lDkRnJ— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) December 28, 2014
This story has been updated to reflect ongoing developments.