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​Indonesia AirAsia jet vanished just south of Borneo

Indonesia’s search and rescue (SAR) agency Basarnas indicates that contact was lost with the missing Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320 aircraft just south of the Indonesia province of West Kalimantan.

Quoting a statement from Soekarno Hatta air traffic control, the agency says the last known aircraft coordinate was 03 09 15 S and 111 28 21 E. This coordinate places the last known location of the aircraft about 16nm south of West Kalimantan, an Indonesian province on the island of Borneo.

Flight QZ8501 was operating on the Surabaya-Singapore route with about 155 passengers and seven crew members aboard when it vanished.

A separate statement from Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS) says the aircraft was supposed to land at 08:30 local time, but contact with Jakarta air traffic control was lost at 07:24 Singapore time. Singapore air traffic control learned of the loss of contact at 07:54.

The aircraft was in the Indonesian Flight Information Region (FIR) when it vanished, 200nm southeast of the Singapore-Jakarta FIR boundary.

The CAAS adds that search and rescue activities have been launched from Indonesia’s Pangkal Pinang Search and Rescue Office.

Singapore has also placed two Lockheed Martin C-130 aircraft on standby if the Indonesian government requires SAR assistance.

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