AirAsia QZ8501: Indonesia suspends search for the missing jet

Some ships were still in the area where the plane lost contact with air traffic control.

By: Press Trust of India | Jakarta | Updated: December 28, 2014 7:44:17 pm
Airasia, Air Asia, air asia QZ8501, Air asia flight missing, air asia QZ8501, Flight QZ8501 , #AirAsia, Indonesia suspended air search due to nightfall and will resume Monday morning. (Source: AP photo)

An official with Indonesia’s search and rescue agency says an air search for the missing AirAsia QZ8501 jet with 162 people on board has been suspended due to nightfall and will resume Monday morning.

Achmad Toha says the planes involved in search returned to their base Sunday evening, but that some ships were still in the area where the plane lost contact with air traffic control. The air search was set to resume at 6 a.m. Monday.

The Airbus A320 was bound for Singapore from Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya. A massive sea search was launched near Belitung island in the Java Sea over which the jetliner lost contact with ground traffic control, about 42 minutes after taking off.

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