Indonesia Declines Assistance From Shamans In QZ8501 Search

JAKARTA, Dec 29 — Indonesian authorities have turned down help from a group of “dukuns”, or shamans, in the hunt for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, reported Tempo magazine today (Dec 29). The communications director of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency BASARNAS confirmed to Tempo that they had received the offer for

Google’s Gmail Blocked In China

BEIJING, Dec 29 –  Google Inc’s Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world’s biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame. Large numbers of Gmail web addresses were cut off in China on Friday, said GreatFire.org, a China-based freedom of

Half Of Tickets Sold Refunded

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 – Due to the worsening flood situation, the east coast is almost inaccessible and many bus services to the region have been cancelled. Terminal Bersepadu Selatan’s (TBS) Kelantan-bound bus service, for instance, was cancelled on Tueday, when the situation became more serious.  An average of RM30,000, half of

Allianz Reinsured Lost AirAsia Plane

HONG KONG, Dec 29 – German insurer Allianz is the lead reinsurer, through one of its divisions, to the AirAsia plane that went missing yesterday and is presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast with 162 people on board, the company said today.“We can confirm that Allianz Global Corporate &

QZ8501: China Offers To Help

BEIJING, Dec 29 – China has offered to send aircraft and ships to help in the search for a missing AirAsia flight which vanished on Sunday flying from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, the Foreign Ministry in Beijing said on Monday. “The Chinese side has already said to

QZ8501: Family Members Wait For Updates

SURABAYA, Dec 29 – Family members of those on board missing Air Asia Indonesia flight QZ8501 are gathered at the Juanda Airport Terminal Two. Officials can be seen ushering them into a holding room inside the terminal as media organisations wait outside the premises for a press conference by the

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

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