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12-28-2014, 04:30 AM
Oh no, another one near the end of the year, it's a really bad year for Malaysians. :(


AirAsia jet with 162 on board goes missing on way to Singapore

NEW: The plane asked to deviate from the flight plan due to weather, airline says
162 people are on board missing flight, most of them Indonesians
AirAsia Flight 8501 lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday morning
It was on its way from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore

(CNN) -- [Breaking news update, posted at 12:51 a.m. ET]

Before communication was lost with AirAsia Flight 8501, the aircraft requested to deviate from the planned flight route due to weather, the airline said in a statement.

The plane was still under Indonesian air traffic control as it headed toward Singapore.

Missing AirAsia Flight 8501 is carrying 162 people: 155 passengers, two pilots and five cabin crew members, the airline said in a statement.

On board are 157 from Indonesia, three South Koreans, one Malaysian and one Singaporean.

[Original story, posted at 12:25 a.m. ET]

The search is on for AirAsia Flight 8501, which lost contact with air traffic control in Indonesia, the airline said Sunday.

Flight QZ 8501 from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control at 7:24 a.m. Sunday (7:24 p.m. Saturday ET), AirAsia said
Missing AirAsia plane was on common route

"At the present time we unfortunately have no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board, but we will keep all parties informed as more information becomes available," AirAsia said in a statement.

The plane took off with 155 passengers and crew on board, the news agency Reuters reported, citing Indonesian transport officials. But the Associated Press, citing an Indonesian Transportation Ministry official, put the number of people at 162.

The flight, an Airbus A320-200, was on its way from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, according to the airline's website.

The plane left Juanda International Airport at 5:27 a.m. Sunday (5:27 p.m. Saturday ET) and was due to arrive in Singapore at 8:37 a.m. Sunday (7:37 p.m. ET), according to the website.

Bad weather might have been a factor in the plane's disappearance, CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said.

"We still had lines of very heavy thunderstorms" when the plane was flying, Van Dam said. "But keep in mind, turbulence doesn't necessarily bring down airplanes."

But CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo questioned whether weather would have been a factor in what happened to the plane.

"Ordinarily, the pilots would get the updated weather from air traffic control and, of course, their onboard radar," said Schiavo, a former inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation. "So whether there was (bad) weather in the area would not be a mystery."

AirAsia is a Malaysia-based airline that is popular in the region as a budget carrier. It has about 100 destinations, with subsidiaries in several Asian countries.

The airline has a "very good" reputation for safety, CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest said.

The loss of contact with the AirAsia plane comes nearly 10 months after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which dropped off radar over Southeast Asia on March 8.

Searchers are yet to find any debris from Flight 370, which officials believe crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

U.S. President Barack Obama has been briefed, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said, adding that American officials will continue to monitor the situation.


12-30-2014, 05:19 AM
Is there something going on in that area? War, etc? I can't fathom what is causing so many planes to crash/vanish (I know it has only been two so far, but in my book that's a lot).

Joe Redifer
12-30-2014, 06:42 PM
Yes. Weather. The one over Russia was a stinger missile if I recall.

I believe the pilot was waiting for a response back after he asked if he could gain altitude to fly over the storm. He should have just done it and not waited. My hindsight kicks ass.

A whole bunch o' bodies have already been recovered.

Badrats Studio
01-01-2015, 11:28 AM
9 bodies, so far. Our SAR and military personnel are working relentlessly.

Paper exe
01-01-2015, 03:24 PM
Rumor has it that some dude living in Medan (a large city in Indonesia) and runs an internet cafe in his spare time, got something to do with these planes disappearances.

They say he is a sicko and only doing it cause of some childish bet he made with some random gangsters.

I am surprised that people like that even exists.

01-03-2015, 06:00 AM
There's a rumor the first MH370 plane was shot down by the US Air Force because the plane was hijacked to use as a plane-missile.


Joe Redifer
01-06-2015, 07:45 PM
Can passenger planes be flown by remote real time via an internet connection?

Badrats Studio
01-11-2015, 10:27 AM
Impossible for now. But that self-driving car is possible. Since it relying on internet connection, from what I read.

Joe Redifer
01-11-2015, 11:25 PM
It relies on downloaded GPS information for which route to take, but as far as navigating traffic it relies on local cameras and sensors.

01-12-2015, 12:29 PM
Can passenger planes be flown by remote real time via an internet connection?

there is a whole load of systems out there

it was only recently that some passenger aircraft are now adopting systems where traffic control can overtake the internal systems of a jet and fly it remotely. I donŽt know if air asia operates such systems.

so in the Ždirect senseŽI would say no.

But there are people that can do it. The people or company who installs the computer systems for internal automated flight and flight paths could have through there programmed it. An engineer working out of an airforce base who has worked on similar systems for military or commercial partnership programs for civil loading craft could have programmed it on orders on national security. But its all speculation. It would take a mastermind to gain system control using clever external methods to create a pre programmed and system locked flight trajectory to accomplish that and there are people out there that do things like that

05-17-2015, 07:26 PM
(CNN)—A cybersecurity consultant told the FBI he hacked into computer systems aboard airliners up to 20 times and managed to control an aircraft engine during a flight, according to federal court documents.


Done through the Ethernet cable under the jet passenger seats?

Raises a lot of nasty questions. An operative could sit with his laptop and steer the plane- who needs a lock on the cockpit door??

Badrats Studio
05-18-2015, 01:33 PM
I have no idea their security is that mess.

Joe Redifer
05-18-2015, 08:51 PM
Supposedly this is a hoax (the controlling a plane via the in-flight entertainment system).

05-18-2015, 11:02 PM
If I figured out how to get through the firewall, would a few of you be upto getting on atlantic crossing jets and having a game of star fox?

09-15-2015, 04:14 PM
Can passenger planes be flown by remote real time via an internet connection?

You Betchya Boeing and American had installed new plug in hardware systems for flight termination and control. most likely based on the old PROMIS microchip silicon altered ingots that allow for hardware based access to computer systems