Indonesia AirAsia Mulls Retiring QZ8501 Flight Code

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 — Indonesia AirAsia will consider discontinuing the QZ8501 flight code that is still being used despite the disappearance of a plane bearing the designation yesterday. The airline’s chief executive Sunu Widyatmoko said the decision cannot be implemented immediately as it must go through the proper procedures. “We have

QZ8501: Indonesian Newspaper Claims Explosion Heard

TANJUNG PANDAN,Dec 29 – A local newspaper “Pos Belitung” screams a headline which suggests that the missing Indonesia AirAsia jet had met an explosive end. It quotes a fisherman off the coast of the eastern end of the island, who claimed that he had heard a loud explosion between 7am and

QZ8501: Australia Joins Search Mission

SYDNEY, Dec 29 – Australia joined the Indonesia-led search for an Indonesia AirAsia plane which disappeared on the weekend with 162 people on board, the military said. A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion took off from the northern city of Darwin early this morning to join the operation, which

QZ8501: Foreign Ministry Opens 24-Hours Ops Room

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 – The Foreign Ministry has opened a 24-hour operations room in view of the missing Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501. In a statement, the ministry said the 24-hour operations centre can be contacted at +603-88874570 and +603-88892746. The Indonesia AirAsia aircraft, an Airbus A320-200, reportedly lost contact with

Search Resumes For Missing AirAsia Plane

SURABAYA (Indonesia), Dec 29 –  The search for a missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people that disappeared more than 24 hours ago on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore resumed with first light on Monday. First Admiral Sigit Setiayana, the Naval Aviation Centre commander at the Surabaya air force base, said

New School Term Postponed By A Week Due To Floods

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 – The new school session for the coming year (2015) has been postponed by a week for all schools nationwide. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the Education Minister said this was due to the serious flood situations in numerous states. “A total 340 schools

Chronology Of Missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 – Following is the chronology of the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 as announced at a press conference at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Authority Office and reported by news portal Kompas.com. The Western Indonesia Time (WIB) is an hour behind Malaysia. – 05.36 (WIB): Flight left Surabaya

ELT Can Show Location Of Flight QZ8501 – Expert

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 – The Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) installed inside AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 can show the location and condition of the missing aircraft, according to an aviation expert. Former Malaysia Airlines (MAS) chief pilot Captain Datuk Nik Ahmad Huzlan Nik Hussain said the ELT could still show the location

Don’t Speculate, AirAsia Boss Says

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28 – “We will cooperate with the investigations on missing QZ8501,” Air Asia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes was reported as saying in Surabaya tonight. Fernandes, who had earlier informed via Twitter that he was leaving for the Indonesian city following the disappearance of AirAsia Flight

Sony’s PlayStation Back Online After Christmas Hack

WASHINGTON, Dec 28 – Sony’s PlayStation reported that its network was back online and claimed that it had been attacked, three days after it and Microsoft’s Xbox went down in an outage. An allegedly coordinated Christmas day hack brought down the gaming consoles, both hot gifts for the holiday season, although Xbox has

Flamboyant AirAsia Boss Confronts First Major Crisis

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28 – Malaysian mogul Tony Fernandes, who transformed a floundering carrier into Asia’s biggest budget airline, faces his first major crisis after an AirAsia plane went missing Sunday with 162 people on board. AirAsia is credited with starting a revolution in the skies of Southeast Asia and has

Animals In Need Of Rescue Too

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28 – As the authorities struggle to get food, medical supplies, clothes and money to the human victims of the crisis, animals have been seen stranded on rooftops, trees and even drifting away in the currents. But for one man with a strong affection for the feline kind,

Greek Ferry Fire: Evacuation Hampered By Winds

ATHENS, Dec 28 – A major rescue operation is underway for a Greek ferry carrying more than 460 people which caught fire around 40 nautical miles north-west of Corfu. The Norman Atlantic was travelling from the Greek port of Patras to the Italian city of Ancona. Nearby ships have been called

AirAsia Flight Turn-Back, Technical Difficulty Reported

GEORGE TOWN, Dec 28 – An AirAsia jet en route to Langkawi made a turn-back after encountering ‘technical difficulties’. Flight AK6242 turned back some 10 minutes into the flight after departing the Penang International Airport at 4.30pm today. A passenger, Subash Elangovan, told the New Straits Times that the pilot had

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