: The world stood at a standstill after news broke that an AirAsia flight QZ8501 is missing after the flight took off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at approximately 5.35am, local time, on Sunday.
In a statement on Facebook, AirAsia confirmed that the aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 children and an infant. Also on board were two pilots and five cabin crew members.
The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours.
Indonesia Air Ministry has released passengers’ manifest of the aircraft which was en route to Singapore from Surabaya.
The list comprises 155 passengers on board, with 70 men, 68 women, 16 children and an infant. Also on board were two pilots and five cabin crew members.
The breakdown of passenger nationalities are 149 Indonesians, three South Koreans, one Singaporean, one Malaysian, one from the United Kingdom while the seven AirAsia staff on board are made up of six Indonesians and one French.
Meanwhile, there were 23 passengers did not check in to the flight.
The list also did not include the names of the seven crew members.
At Press time, search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.
The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to en route weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC).
The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on 16 November 2014.
AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft. The number is: +622129850801.
AirAsia will also release further information as soon as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the AirAsia website, www.airasia.com.