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Here's What We Know So Far About The Missing AirAsia Passengers

Posted by on Dec. 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM
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Here's What We Know So Far About The Missing AirAsia Passengers


An AirAsia flight disappeared on Sunday with 162 people on board.

Most of the passengers and crew, and one of the two pilots, are Indonesian. There are also three South Koreans, one Singaporean, one Malaysian, one French, and one British citizen. The other pilot is French. According to the airline, there are 16 children and one infant on board.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore revealed that the Singaporean on board is two-years-old. She was traveling with her father, who is British. The government reached out to their family members.

The captain and co-captain were identified as Iriyanto, who like many Indonesians uses only one name, and Remi Emmanuel Plesel. According to AirAsia, they were both experienced pilots.

None of the other people on the flight have been identified yet. Airline chief Tony Fernandes said the airline is working on notifying their next of kins first.

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A relative of AirAsia flight QZ8501 passengers weeps as she waits for the latest news on the missing jetliner at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia on December 28, 2014. (Credit: AP

Relatives of the missing passengers gathered at the Juanda International Airport, where the flight took off. The airline also set up a hotline for people to call. Anyone looking for information on a loved one can call +622129850801.

Some family members also gathered at the Changi Airport in Singapore, where the flight had been scheduled to land around 8:30 a.m. local time. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, one woman waiting at the airport's crisis center said that she had seven family members on the flight, including her mother and brother.

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A man is silhouetted against an electronic sign board instructing relatives and next-of-kin to gather at a holding area at the Changi International Airport where AirAsia Flight 8501 from Surabaya, Indonesia was scheduled to land, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 in Singapore.

Air search operations were halted late Sunday for Flight 8501 after no wreckage had been found, but several boats continued the hunt. Rescue efforts were expected to resume around 6 a.m Monday. The flight lost contact with air traffic control at 7:24 Singapore time, about 42 minutes after takeoff.

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