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Summary

  1. Contact with Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost after it left Surabaya in Indonesia
  2. The Airbus A320-200 was carrying 162 people when it went missing over the sea en route to Singapore
  3. Air search called off at 10:30 GMT due to poor visibility, but sea rescue operation continues
  4. The plane had asked to change its flight path due to bad weather, AirAsia says
  5. Most on board are Indonesian - one passenger has been confirmed as a British national
  6. An emergency phone line for relatives has been set up - +622 129 850 801

Live reporting

By Mohamed Madi, Sarah Fowler, Julia Macfarlane and Heather Chen

This wraps up our coverage of the disappearance of AirAsia flight QZ8501. The plane lost contact with air traffic controllers between Indonesia and Singapore with 162 people on board.

You can continue to follow the story on the

BBC News website and read further updates as the search operation resumes in the early hours of the morning.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says it is monitoring the search for the missing AirAsia jet and stands "ready to assist the Indonesians if needed", Reuters reports.

The search operation is due to resume as soon as weather conditions permit, most likely around 07:00 in the morning local time (00:00 GMT).

It is concentrating on an area of sea between Kalimantan, Borneo, and Java, Indonesia. Indonesian officials say that so far, no wreckage has been found.

Two members from the Indonesian Navy's Tactical Commanding Operator (TACCO) help with the search for AirAsia flight QZ 8501 on board a CN235 aircraft over Karimun Java in the Java Sea on 28 December 2014
Reuters

Family members face an agonising wait, with the search called off until first light - rescue ships and aircraft may not set off again for at least another nine hours.

Family members of passengers onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 react at a waiting area in Juanda International Airport, Surabaya on 28 December 2014.
Reuters

Search and rescue operation

Indonesia has accepted an offer from Singapore to launch four naval ships to join the search for the plane, Channel News Asia reports, quoting Singapore's Second Defence Minister Chan Chun Sing.

A C130 plane from Singapore has already been deployed in the search. Australia has also offered to assist with the rescue operation.

'Flawless' safety record

Until Sunday, AirAsia and its regional affiliates had enjoyed a clean safety record with no fatal accidents involving their planes, Gaurav Raghuvanshi

writes in the Washington Post, quoting aviation experts.

It did, however, have a number of "runway excursions" - when an aircraft skids off the runway or tarmac - he says.

Indonesia's Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has told reporters that it is likely that the plane has encountered "an accident".

"For more than 10 hours of search now, there's a high possibility that an accident has happened (to the plane)," he told reporters at the National Search and Rescue Agency office in Jakarta.

Missed flight

Ari Putro Cahyono, a resident of Surabaya, says he would have been on flight QZ8501 alongside nine of his relatives had it not been for a change in flight schedule,

the Kompas.com website reports.

He said he had "mixed feelings" after failing to read an email notifying him that the departure time had been brought forward by two hours, causing him and his family to miss the flight.

Alice Budisatrijo, BBC News, Surabaya

A few hours ago many of the relatives at the crisis centre in the airport still seemed calm - glued to their phones, perhaps trying to find any news of the plane or stay in touch with friends and loved ones.

But more than 12 hours since the plane took off they are looking increasingly worried. Officials still have no idea what happened to the aircraft.

AirAsia CEO comments

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes has just given a press conference in Surabaya where he said that there was very little that he knew about the plane's whereabouts.

"Our concern right now is for the relatives and next-of-kin. There is nothing more important now than our crews' families and passengers' families, and we'll look after them," he said.

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandez speaks at a news conference at the Juanda International Airport, Surabaya on 28 December 2014.
Reuters

Pope prays for passengers

Pope Francis says his thoughts and prayers are with the passengers of flight QZ8501, as well as the 478 passengers of the

Italian ferry that is on fire off the coast of Corfu.

"I am sending prayers and love to their relatives and to people who are suffering in these difficult situations, as well as those who are working on the rescue operations," he said, speaking from the Vatican.

Anxious relatives await news of their loved ones at Indonesia's Juanda Airport, in Surabaya, more than 13 hours after the flight disappeared.

Family members of passengers on board AirAsia flight QZ8501 wait for information inside the AirAsia crisis centre at Juanda Airport in Surabaya, East Java on 28 December 2014
Reuters

Of the relatives who gathered at Singapore's Changi Airport on Sunday, 16 have taken up the offer to fly to Surabaya, Indonesia, airport officials say. The rest have either gone home or retired to a hotel.

Another AirAsia flight reportedly turned back 10 minutes after take-off earlier today because of technical problems,

the Straits Times reports. The domestic flight from Penang to Langkawi in Malaysia was later rescheduled and landed safely in Langkawi later on Sunday.

The Indonesian pilot of flight QZ8501 had clocked up a total of 6,100 hours of flying time, while his French first officer had a total of 2,275 flying hours, an earlier

AirAsia statement said.

All the next-of-kin have now left the relatives' holding area for the night, says the spokesman for Singapore's Changi Airport, Ivan Tan. They have been waiting for news of their relatives for over 13 hours. AirAsia earlier said it was providing assistance to waiting family members.

Beacon detectors

The Straits Times

tweets: Singapore's Air Accident Investigation Bureau has offered specialists & underwater locator beacon detectors to assist with search of
#QZ8501

Pictures of the missing aircraft (2012)

These pictures by

AirTeamImages.com show the actual Airbus A320-200 aircraft that has gone missing. The photographs were taken in 2012.

actual missing qz8501 in 2012
AirTeamImages.com
actual missing qz8501 in 2012
AirTeamImages.com

The Associated Press reports that while the air search has been suspended for the night, some boats are still looking for any sign of the plane.

It's confirmed now that, around 11 hours after last contact with flight QZ 8501, Indonesia's air search has been suspended for the night because of poor visibility and bad weather. There is still no confirmation of what happened to the plane. The pilot had asked to change course to avoid storms but made no distress call.

British Embassy in Jakarta

says: "We are aware of an incident QZ 8501. Our thoughts are with the passengers' families as they await further news. We have been informed by the local authorities that one British national was on board. Their next of kin have been informed. We are working closely with the local authorities in Singapore who are providing assistance to the family."

Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk

Kabir Dhaliwal emailed

"This is really tragic. I'm Malaysian, and this is really affecting everyone here. The floods on the east coast of the peninsula and this airplane have been trending on all the major social networks. Our hopes and prayers are with everyone on board and with their families."

Malaysia denies rumours that debris has been found

Liow Tiong Lai

Malaysian Transport Minister

tells journalists at a press conference: "As of now, at this time, there are lots speculations saying they found the plane. As of this time it's not true. At this time, we're still searching for the plane."

What is the story of AirAsia, and how does its Indonesian subsidiary differ from the parent company? Joe Miller from BBC Business has compiled a

profile of the company.

Air Asia
Getty Images

Flight path

This map shows the projected flight path of AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501, and the highlighted area where the plane is thought to have lost contact.

May showing AirAsia flightpath, 28 December 2014
BBC

BreakingSearch suspended

Hadi Mustofa

Indonesia Transport Ministry official

tells AFP: "We ended at 1730 (1030 GMT) because it was getting dark. The weather was also not too good as it was getting really cloudy."

"Tomorrow we will begin at 7 am, or even earlier than that if the weather is good," he added.

BreakingBreaking News

The search for missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501 has been suspended for the night, Indonesian officials say.

Liow Tiong Lai

Malaysian Transport Minister

tweets: Malaysia deployed 3 vessels & 3 aircraft to assist Indonesian-led search ops for
#QZ8501

malaysia transport ministry
Malaysia Transport Ministry

Tony Fernandes

AirAsia CEO and founder

tweets the following: "I am touched by the massive show of support especially from my fellow airlines.

This is my worse nightmare. But there is no stopping."

"To all my staff Airasia all stars

be strong, continue to be the best. Pray hard. Continue to do your best for all our guests. See u all soon"

Singapore Changi Airport statement

Changi Airport Group, which run Singapore's main airport, has released a statement on missing flight QZ 8501:

"As of this update, 47 relatives and friends of 57 passengers on board Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 have registered at Singapore Changi Airport's Relatives' Holding Area (RHA) at Terminal 2.

Help and support are being provided to them at the RHA by 36 Changi Airport Group (CAG) care officers and four counsellors from the Ministry of Social and Family Development. Other staff from CAG, AirAsia and airport partners, as well as officials from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, have also been present to assist.

Arrangements for local accommodation or for travel to Indonesia have been made for the next-of-kin. The thoughts and concerns of CAG and the Changi Airport community are with the passengers of QZ8501, their families and friends."

AirAsia Indonesia issues a correction on its

Facebook page about the nationalities of passengers and crew on board the missing flight QZ8501:

Nationalities of passengers:

1 Singaporean

1 Malaysian

3 South Koreans

1 Briton

149 Indonesians

Nationalities of crew:

1 French

6 Indonesians

Tony Abbott

Australian Prime Minister

tweets: I've spoken to President Widodo tonight to convey Australia's sadness at the #AirAsia #QZ8501 tragedy and offered all we can to assist

Anna Jones, BBC News, Indonesia

The seas here on the straits are rough but nothing exceptional. But it could be much worse further out in the less-sheltered Java sea. It's getting dark in this area and is still raining, making it very hard to spot something in these conditions.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media in Sydney, Australia on 23 December 2014
EPA

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reached out to Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, offering a

P3 Orion aircraft to help search for the missing AirAsia plane, ABC News reports.

Weather over Indonesia's airspace

The picture shows a satellite image of the weather over Indonesia's airspace at the time the plane went missing:

bbc
BBC

BBC Weather's Darren Bett says it is not unusual at this time of year for there to be strong thundercloud formations in the area where the plane went missing. The satellite image shows deep convection in the area with cloud to 50,000ft.

Anna Jones, BBC News, Indonesia

There have been heavy storms with lightning and very heavy rain all weekend in the seas between Sumatra and Singapore. There is also a lightning storm going on now over the straits.

Scenes at Surabaya's crisis centre

The BBC's Alice Budisatrijo in Surabaya sent us these pictures from the crisis centre in Surabaya's Juanda Airport.

crisis centre
BBC
crisis centre
BBC
airport surabaya
BBC

Another flight 'in difficulties'

An Air Asia aircraft lands behind other Air Asia jets, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 terminal (KLIA 2) in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 24 June 2014
EPA

Another AirAsia flight, travelling from Penang to Langkawi, turns back with technical difficulties, reports the

New Straits Times newspaper in Malaysia.