Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 went missing on 8 March on a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew and has not been found. On 17 July 17, the same airline’s Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
Rescue agency says plane that was carrying 162 people likely to be on sea floor, as government announces review of airline The Indonesia AirAsia plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission to alter course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday. Flight QZ8501 did not issue a distress signal and disappeared over the Java Sea five minutes after requesting a change of course.
“Based on our co-ordinates, we predict that the plane is on the sea, for now it could be in the bottom of the sea,” Soelistyo, head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, told reporters when asked about the missing plane’s likely location. The Indonesian transport minister, Ignasius Jonan, said the government would review AirAsia Indonesia and look for safety improvements. He said: “We will review AirAsia Indonesia to make sure its performance can be better in the future. “Much will be reviewed in terms of its business operations and in terms of air transportation business, so that there are safety improvements.” With Indonesia AirAsia 49% owned by Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia, the incident caps a disastrous year for Malaysia-affiliated airlines.
A spokesman for the Indonesian air force, Hadi Thahjanto, said two C-130 Hercules planes were focusing the search for flight QZ8501 in areas north-east of Indonesia’s Bangka island, which lies roughly halfway between Surabaya and Singapore, in the Java Sea. Singapore said it had sent two naval vessels to help while Malaysia said it would send three naval vessels and a C-130. An Australian P3 Orion surveillance plane left Darwin to join the search, the Australian defence department said. The US, Britain, South Korea and India also offered help.