Everything you need to know about missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 day 2 in 60s

A summary of Day 2 of missing AirAsia flight QZ850 #prayforQZ8501

By Martino Tan | December 29, 2014

Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501, with 162 people on board, went missing yesterday on its way from Surabaya to Singapore.

Below are key updates of Day 2:


1. At tonight’s press conference, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said all the country’s forces have been deployed in the search effort for QZ8501. 

He has also instructed the transport ministry to review aviation procedures immediately.

2. Three navy ships from Singapore are now involved in the QZ8501 search. The RSS Persistence has set sail from Singapore’s Changi Naval Base at 6pm. 


The Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) Formidable-class frigate (RSS Supreme) and Missile corvette (RSS Valour) set sail this morning and have arrived at the search area.


3. Two Super Puma helicopters are on board RSS Persistence. Singapore now have three ships and two C-130s deployed to locate the missing plane.


4. AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes is now back in Surabaya, after going to Jakarta to communicate with the search operation.


5. More help from Singapore:

Indonesia accepted Singapore’s offer of two teams of specialists and two sets of underwater locator beacon detectors from the Ministry of Transport’s Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), to assist in locating the flight data recorders of the missing Indonesia AirAsia aircraft, QZ8501.

Singapore also offered additional equipment and personnel from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to support the AAIB operations, including a sidescan sonar system and a robotic remotely-operated vehicle.

The Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency, BASARNAS, has also accepted the Singapore Armed Forces’ offer of a Submarine support and rescue vessel (MV Swift Rescue).

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About Martino Tan

Martino’s parents named him after an Italian priest, Vatican's 1st ambassador to S’pore. He's inspired by the lives of Robert Kennedy & D. Bonhoeffer, the words of G.Orwell & T.Sorensen, & the music of the Beatles.

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