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  1. Search continues for Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501
  2. The plane was carrying 162 people, mostly Indonesians
  3. Senior Indonesian official says the plane is likely to be at the bottom of the sea

Live Reporting

By Saira Asher, Anna Jones, Heather Chen and Andree Massiah

All times stated are UK

We're bringing our coverage of the search for AirAsia QZ8501 to an end for the day. Thank you for joining us, and please continue to check our

main news pages for all the latest updates on this story.

Sri Lestari

BBC Indonesian service, on board search plane

The weather was very clear and the waters were relatively calm. Search teams saw oil slicks in the water but authorities could not confirm whether these are from the missing AirAsia airliner.

Objects spotted by Australian search planes were not from the missing AirAsia jet, AFP quotes Indonesian officials as saying.

German insurance company Allianz says it is the lead insurer for AirAsia. Allianz also led the consortium insuring Malaysian Airlines, and made

compensation payments to the family members of the passengers on board MH370 in June.

Members of Indonesia"s Marine Police pray on board a search and rescue ship before a search operation for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, at Pangkal Pinang port in Sumatra Island, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 in Indonesia.

Indonesia's marine police pray on board a search and rescue ship before a search operation for the missing plane.

Richard Bitzinger from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

There's a lot of trash in the sea, you're going to spot a lot of debris and unfortunately it's not likely to be the aircraft. There's a lot of room for error here at this point.

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Mehul Mandalia, in Malaysia, emails: Had a flight from Indonesia just a few hours after the news broke. Definitely there was an air of nervousness in the passengers but the cabin crew were unfazed and positive throughout. I commend them for their professionalism in the wake of this tragedy.

Jusuf Kalla

Indonesian Vice President



a photo with this accompanying caption: Meet and dialogue with the families of passengers AirAsia Crisis Center QZ 8501 at Juanda Airport in Surabaya

Channel NewsAsia


reports on

Twitter that Singaporean navy vessels RSS Valour and RSS Supreme have arrived at the search area to join QZ8501 hunt

Vietnamese foreign minister Pham Binh Minh says Vietnam "stands ready" to help in search if requested.

Michael Bachelard

Indonesia Correspondent, The Age

tweets: Trying to confirm story that Australian Orion has spotted debris in search zone. News is second hand. Oz military so far silent

Alice Budisatrijo

BBC News, Surabaya

At a press conference in Surabaya lots of questions coming from angry and crying relatives. They are asking authorities why they still don't know what happened to the aircraft.

"I want my son to come back"


The father of the pilot of the missing AirAsia plane has been speaking about the possibility that his son may not come back alive. He told the BBC that whatever happened, "it was in the hands of fate".

Tom Phillips

Telegraph Correspondent in Surabaya, Indonesia



this picture: Indonesia's Vice President arriving at Surabaya airport now to meet families

Jakarta's Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto has told Associated Press that an Australian Orion aircraft had detected "suspicious" objects about 1,120km from where the plane lost contact.

"However, we cannot be sure whether it is part of the missing AirAsia plane. We are now moving in that direction, which is in cloudy conditions," he said.

ABC News 24

tweets: The ADF says it won't comment on potential sighting because the AirAsia #QZ8501 search is being led by Indonesia

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Marquis Powe in Krabi, Thailand, emails: I flew Air Asia and got off the lane just as the news reported the incident (yesterday). One could feel the immense tension in Bangkok and Krabi airport as everyone was aware of the situation.

Alice Budisatrijo

BBC News, Surabaya

tweets: Father of #QZ8501 captain told BBC the last time he saw his pilot son was at the funeral of his other son, who died of diabetes last week

A specialist from Singapore"s Ministry of Transport"s Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) showcases a set of underwater locator beacon detector that will be used to assist in locating the flight recorders of the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 plane, at Changi Airport in Singapore December 29, 2014.

A specialist from Singapore's Ministry of Transport's Air Accident Investigation Bureau shows an underwater beacon detector that will be used to assist in locating the flight recorders.

Sharanjit Leyl

BBC News, Changi airport, Singapore

This is now being referred to as one of the worst years in aviation history in this part of the world.

Search teams had detected "a weak signal" but it has been ruled out. It is not coming from the plane, an Indonesian airforce spokesman says on local television.

Indonesian airforce spokesman says "oil spills were found on the search area", but it is still to be confirmed if they are from the missing plane or from other ships.

Indonesian official says Australian planes have spotted objects in the sea in the AirAsia search area, according to the Associated Press.

Sharanjit Leyl

BBC News, Changi airport, Singapore

says AirAsia's brand image is closely tied with its chief executive, Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes. "Almost always in jeans and an Air Asia cap when interviewed, Mr Fernandes was seen as Malaysia's answer to Richard Branson," she says.

The man behind AirAsia's revival

Hong Kong's Immigration Department has just confirmed a passenger on board the missing AirAsia Indonesia QZ 8501 plane is a Hong Kong resident who holds a foreign passport, says the BBC's Martin Yip in the territory. Multiple Hong Kong media reports name the man, as 48-year-old Choi Chi-man, which matches that of the British passenger.

Passengers on Kuala Lumpur-Surabaya flight (29 Dec 2014)

It's something which regular fliers often tend to ignore, but these passengers on board an AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Surabaya on Monday appeared to be paying close attention to the routine safety demonstration.

Media review

Vikas Pandey

BBC Monitoring

Most papers have published personal stories as well. One such story that really struck was the Facebook post from the daughter of one of the pilots, it simply reads: "Papa come home".

Some are also calling 2014 a "year of tragedies" for the aviation industry and linking it with the flight MH370 that disappeared in March and hasn't been found yet.

Beyond the emotional coverage, most have been also asking some serious questions about aviation safety in the region.

Media review

Most regional media outlets and people on social media platforms are really emotional about what looks like yet another aviation tragedy.

The front page of the Beijing Times says: "Only three days before the new year - where is the road home?".

The reactions are similar in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. Most writers have highlighted the fact that it's the year-end holiday season and many on board were just travelling to see their families.

One woman has been telling reporters how she and her family of nine were booked on to flight QZ8501, but because they had been expecting to travel on a later flight they did not check in in time, so did not travel.

"I was shocked to hear about it and cried. Maybe it is all God's plan that my family and I were not on the flight. It was a blessing in disguise," the AFP news agency quoted Christianawati as saying.

Relatives at Juanda airport, Surabaya, Indonesia (29 Dec 2014)

Relatives of missing passengers pray together as they wait for news at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Liow Tiong Lai, Minister Of Transport, Malaysia


Malaysia's minister of transport, Liow Tiong Lai,

tweets: Our vessel n aircraft are searching at the east of pulau belintong an area of 11,400 sq nautical miles

Tom Phillips

Telegraph correspondent in Surabaya, Indonesia

tweets: Just spoke to 1 lady whose sister was on #QZ8501. She says families have still not been given concrete info on what happened, wreckage

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has released a statement: "Indonesia has accepted Singapore's offer of two teams of specialists and two sets of underwater locator beacon detectors to assist in locating the flight data recorders of the missing Indonesia AirAsia aircraft, QZ8501.

"The four specialists from the Singapore Ministry of Transport's Air Accident Investigation Bureau and their equipment are ready to be deployed, pending the Indonesian authorities' activation."

The pilot's father was very emotional when speaking to the BBC. He said he was hoping his son will come back healthy, but added that if God's will is that he does not he will accept that.

He shared this image of Iriyanto and his wife, taken on their wedding day:

Iriyanto on his wedding day

A young Iriyanto:


The BBC has visited the pilot's family just outside Surabaya, about 30 minutes from the city centre. Their home is packed with lots of people, family and friends who have come to give their support.

Tony Fernandes

AirAsia CEO and founder

tweets: The warmth and support from the people of Indonesia has been incredible. Everywhere I go. Nothing but pure support.

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Michael Goode in Surabaya emails: I have done this flight over 50 times. The weather at times can be bad, however the pilots are very skilled and although you have that fear in your head you always have full faith in the pilots.

  • The head of the Indonesian search and rescue agency, Henry Bambang Soelistyo, has said that it is likely that the plane is at the bottom of the sea.
  • The main search area is where the plane last made contact with air traffic control, southeast of Singapore over the Java sea, between the islands of Belitung and Kalimantan.

If you are just joining us welcome to the live coverage of day two of the search for AirAsia flight QZ8501 which went missing on Sunday. Here is a recap of the information we have so far.

  • There are 162 passengers and crew on board the aircraft, mostly Indonesian
  • An international search and rescue effort is being led by Indonesia and supported by Singapore and Malaysia. Australia and China have also offered to help.
Pilot Iriyanto's mother and father
Pilot Iriyanto

The family of pilot Iriyanto in their house where lots of people have gathered to give their condolences and speak to his parents. They showed the BBC pictures of Iriyanto, and of his flying career.