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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Airbus Updates No.1265

Accident description
Last updated: 30 December 2014
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 28 December 2014
Time:ca 06:18
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-216
Operator:Indonesia AirAsia
C/n / msn:3648
First flight:2008-09-25 (6 years 3 months)
Total airframe hrs:23000
Engines:CFMI CFM56-5B6/3
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 155 / Occupants: 155
Total:Fatalities: 162 / Occupants: 162
Airplane damage:Destroyed
Airplane fate:Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Java Sea (   Indonesiashow on map
Phase:En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Surabaya-Juanda Airport (SUB/WARR), Indonesia
Destination airport:Singapore-Changi International Airport (SIN/WSSS), Singapore
An Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320-216, performing flight QZ8501, went missing over the Java Sea between Surabaya and Singapore. On board are 155 passengers and seven crew members.
The flight took off from runway 10 at Surabaya-Juanda Airport (SUB) at 05:35 hours local time (22:35 UTC). The airplane turned left, tracking 329° over the Java Sea. The planned cruising altitude of FL320 was reached at 05:54. At the same time the airplane turned left to 319°. Ten minutes later the airplane slightly changed course to 310°. Upon entering the Jakarta Flight Information Region (FIR) over the TAVIP waypoint at 06:12 the flight contacted Jakarta ACC. The flight stated that they were deviating to the left of their planned route along airway M-635 to avoid clouds and requested a climb to FL380. The requested climb was not possible due to other traffic but the flight was cleared to climb to FL340.
According to the Indonesian Ministry of Transport the airplane was still on radar at 06:16 hours (Surabaya time, 23:16 UTC). At 06:17 only the ADS-B signal was visible with the target disappearing at 06:18.

On December 30 pieces of debris were located at sea. An official of the Ministry of Transportation confirmed that these were from the missing flight. In the course of the da bodies were recovered from the sea.

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