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Rapid growth leaves Asian airlines searching for pilots

30 December 2014 08:53:51 - World News

Published December 30, 2014Associated Press Facebook0 Twitter0 Email Print Dec. 29, 2014: A crew of an Indonesian Air Force C-130 airplane of the 31st Air Squadron, looks out of the window during a search operation for the missing AirAsia flight 8501 jetliner over the waters of Karimata Strait in Indonesia. (AP) NEW YORK – Every week, a combined total of 28 new planes roll off the assembly lines at Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer factories — the fastest production rate in the history of commercial aviation. Most of those aircraft feed the insatiable demand in Asia. The rapid growth of Asian airlines is helping bolster economies and change lifestyles, but it's also...

Vice All News Time30 December 2014 08:53:51


Missing AirAsia flight triggers concern

28 December 2014 22:54:45 The Asian Age

In both Indonesia and Singapore, anxious relatives of people on the plane awaited news. (Photo: AP) Malaysia on Sunday offered help in the search of missing AirAsia flight which lost contact with air traffic controllers between Singapore and Indonesia Sunday morning. Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak said he had not been fully briefed on the aircraft’s disappearance, but said that the country may be facing its third aviation disaster in the year, after the loss of two Malaysia Airlines aircraft in March and July. “I don’t have much detail yet on what happened, but there is a very big possibility that a tragedy has occurred. We will do all we can to help find out what happened,” Strait Times quoted Razak as saying. Flight QZ8501, carrying 162 people, lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control just after 07.24am local time, a transport official told local media. The White House said it was monitoring the situation surrounding an AirAsia plane that disappeared travelling from Indonesia to Singapore and that President Barack Obama was briefed on the matter. “The President has been briefed on AirAsia Flight 8501 and White House officials will continue to monitor the situation,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said late Saturday. The United States is ready to help with the search for a missing AirAsia plane, the US state department said on Sunday. “Authorities in the region are leading the search for the missing airplane. As we have in the past, the United States stands ready to assist in any way that's helpful,” the department said in a statement. It also confirmed that none of the 155 passengers on the flight was travelling on a US passport. Meanwhile, China said that it is “closely monitoring” the developments regarding the AirAsia flightChina is deeply worried about the safety of the passengers and crew and offers condolences to their families. We are closely monitoring developments in missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement. No Chinese citizens have been found aboard the plane, the statement said. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday called Indonesian Presid-ent Joko Widodo to express concern and pledged assistance of Air Force in the search of AirAsia plane which went missing after losing contact with air traffic controller. “Two RSAF C-130 search and locate aircraft are on standby, ready to go. Our ministers are following up," said Mr Lee.

Vice null Time28 December 2014 22:54:45

AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 onboard goes missing

28 December 2014 11:20:13 The Asian Age

A relative of the passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8501 weeps as she waits for the latest news on the missing jet. (Photo: AP) An AirAsia plane with 162 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore. The two countries immediately launched a search and rescue operation but there was no word on the plane's whereabouts more than six hours after it went missing. AirAsia, a regional low-cost carrier with presence in several Southeast Asian countries, said in a statement that the missing Airbus A330-300 was on the submitted flight plan route. However, it had requested deviation due to weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control. "We don't dare to pressume what has happened exceped that it has lost contact." Djoko Murjatmodjo, Indonesia's acting director general of transportation, told reporters. He said the last contact between pilot and the air traffic control was at 6.13 a.m. (2313 GMT Saturday) "when he asked to hinder cloud by turning left and go higher to 34,000 feet." He said there was no distress signal from Flight QZ8501. The contact was lost about 42 minutes after the single-aisle jetliner took off from Indonesia's Surabaya airport, Hadi Mustofa, an official of the transportation ministry told Indonesia's MetroTV. It was about an hour before it was scheduled to land in Singapore at 0030gmt. Flight QZ8501 tlost communication with Jakarta's air traffic control at 7:24 a.m. Singapore time (2324 GMT Saturday) about an hour before it was scheduled to land in Singapore, the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement. The plane had two pilots, five cabin crew and 155 passengers, including 16 children and one infant, AirAsia Indonesia said in a statement. Indonesian officials had earlier said there were 161 people on board, presumably because the infant was not counted. The AirAsia statement said there were six foreigners - three South Koreans and one each from Singapore, Malaysia and France. The rest were Indonesians. It said the captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours, a substantial number, and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours. At Surabaya airport, dozens of relatives sat in a room, many of them talking on mobile phones and crying. Some looked dazed. Murjatmodjo, the Indonesian official, said the plane is believed to have gone missing somewhere over the Java Sea between Tanjung Pandan on Belitung island and Pontianak, on Indonesia's part of Kalimantan island. He said the pilot contacted Jakarta air traffic control 6:12 a.m. reporting clouds and asking to go higher from 32,000 feet (9,700 meters) to 34,000 feet (10,303 meters), the usual cruising altitude for jetliners. The Singapore statement said search and rescue operations have been activated by the Indonesian authorities. It said the Singapore air force and the navy also were searching with two C-130 planes. Flightradar24, a flight tracking website, said the plane was delivered in September 2008, which would make it six years old. The Malaysia-based AirAsia, which has dominated cheap travel in the region for years, has never lost a plane before. AirAsia Malaysia owns 49 percent of the Indonesian subsidiary. This is the third major air incident involving Malaysia this year. On March 8, Malaysia Airlines flight 370, a wide-bodied Boeing 777, went missing soon after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. It remains missing until this day with 239 people in one of the biggest aviation mysteries. Another Malaysia Airlines flight, also a Boeing 777, was shot down over rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine while on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17. A total of 298 people on board were killed. The crew's request for an unusual route is curious since the weather "didn't seem to be anything unusual," said William Waldock, an expert on air crash search and rescue with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Severe weather is the reason pilots usually request a different route, but in this case the "winds were light, there were a few thin clouds, but that's about it," he said in an interview. Waldock cautioned against drawing comparisons to the disappearance of Malaysia flight 370. "I think we have to let this play out," he said. "Hopefully, the airplane will get found, and if that happens it will probably be in the next few hours. Until then, we have to reserve judgment." The circumstances bode well for finding the plane since the intended flight time was less than two hours and there is a known position at which the plane disappeared, he said.

Vice null Time28 December 2014 11:20:13

Plane With 2 On Board Reported Missing in Sumbawa

31 October 2014 01:01:40 The Jakarta Globe

A search and rescue operation has been launched after an airplane with two people on board was reported missing in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tengarra, on Thursday morning. The post Plane With 2 On Board Reported Missing in Sumbawa appeared first on The Jakarta Globe .

Vice null Time31 October 2014 01:01:40

Chinese Hackers Stole Secret MH370 Documents – Report

22 August 2014 21:57:58 China News latest RSS headlines - China National

Hackers appearing to come from China covertly attacked Malaysian government computers and stole classified information in the early days of the search for missing airplane MH370, a new report has ...

Vice All News Time22 August 2014 21:57:58

Malaysia more risky than India?

09 June 2014 19:05:58 - World News

From missing airplanes to jail-bound opposition leaders, Malaysia has recently made international headlines for all the wrong reasons. Will the nation’s economy be next? That’s the thrust of a new report from Sarah Fowler of UK-based Oxford Economics, which ranks Malaysia the “riskiest country in Asia of those we consider”, more so than India, Indonesia and even coup-happy Thailand. On the surface, she points out, all’s well: growth is zooming along at 6.2 percent, the external balance is sound and political stability reigns. But...

Vice All News Time09 June 2014 19:05:58

Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight Families Launch Reward MH370 Campaign

09 June 2014 18:47:57 FINNBAY

( FINNBAY .) (FINNBAY-ANSA) – Rome, 9 June 2014. Relatives of passengers on missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 have launched a $5-million fundraiser in a bid for information on the whereabouts of the plane. Also Read: Jet Search Failure Again: Malaysian Airplane still Missing Families fear a cover-up in the case of the Boeing 777-200ER that vanished without trace The article Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight Families Launch Reward MH370 Campaign appeared first on FINNBAY .

Vice All News Time09 June 2014 18:47:57

New seafloor map to help spot missing Malaysian airplane

29 May 2014 01:17:27 Malaysia News latest RSS headlines - Malaysia

A new illustration of the seafloor underneath the Indian Ocean where search efforts have focused to find the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could shed additional light on what type of underwater ...

Vice All News Time29 May 2014 01:17:27

New seafloor map to help spot missing Malaysian airplane

28 May 2014 15:33:59 - World News

A new illustration of the seafloor underneath the Indian Ocean where search efforts have focused to find the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could shed additional light on what type of underwater vehicles might be used in the search operation....

Vice All News Time28 May 2014 15:33:59

New seafloor map to help spot missing Malaysian airplane?

28 May 2014 14:35:01 - World News

Washington, May 28: A new illustration of the seafloor underneath the Indian Ocean where search efforts have focused to find the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could shed additional light on what type of underwater vehicles might be used in the search operation. The contact with Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was lost March 8. “The terrain and depths shown in the map could help searchers choose the...

Vice All News Time28 May 2014 14:35:01