AirAsia Airbus A320 Flight QZ8501 Confirmed Crashed – Wreckage Found
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.
Indonesia’s search and rescue agency Basarnas said it had obtained a sonar image that might be the main body of the missing jet on the floor of the Java Sea. The agency said the image appears to show an airplane upside down on the ocean floor in 24-30 meters of water.