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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

  1. Post update

    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.

  2. Post update

    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  7. Get involved


    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.

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    Jusuf Kalla

    Indonesian Vice President


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

  9. Post update

    Channel NewsAsia


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

  10. Post update

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

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    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

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. "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".

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    Tom Phillips

    Telegraph Correspondent in Surabaya, Indonesia


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

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    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.

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    ABC News 24

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

  17. Get involved


    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.

  18. Post update

    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

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    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.

  20. Post update

    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.

  21. Post update

    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.

  22. Post update

    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.

  23. Post update

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

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    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

  25. Post update

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  29. Post update

    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.

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    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.

  31. 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

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    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

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    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."

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    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:

  35. Post update

    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.

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    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.

  37. Get involved


    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.

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    • 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.
  39. Post update

    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.
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    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.

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  42. Post update

    Tony Fernandes

    AirAsia CEO and founder

    tweets: The staff in Indonesia have been brave, strong, committed and doing 150 percent for all our guests. My pride for them is enormous.

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    Woman holds picture of relatives at Juanda airport in Indonesia (29 Dec 2014)

    A woman at Indonesia's Juanda airport cries as she holds a picture of a family on board the missing plane.

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    Malaysian Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai speaks during a press conference.

    Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai speaks during a press conference. Malaysia has deployed three vessels and one aircraft to help the search operation near Belitung island in the Java Sea.

  45. Post update

    The BBC's Indonesian service have just spoken to the father of pilot Iriyanto in Surabaya. Tragically, he had just buried his other son last week who died from diabetes. He told the BBC that was the last time he had seen Iriyanto.

  46. Post update

    AirAsia Indonesia

    has released this updated statement on its Facebook page:

  47. Post update

    Tony Fernandes

    AirAsia CEO and founder

    tweets: Keeping positive and staying strong. My heart bleeds for all the relatives of my crew and our passengers. Nothing is more important to us.

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    Co-pilot Remi Emmanuel Plesel (left) and Captain Iriyanto

    The plane's pilot (right) had more than 20,500 flight hours, almost 7,000 of them with AirAsia, the airline's chief executive Tony Fernandes had said. Co-pilot Remi Emmanuel Plesel (left) is a French National, and also very experienced.

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    "Papa, come home, I still need you." Indonesian media has widely reported these comments made by Angela Anggi Ranastianis, the pilot's 22-year-old daughter, on social media late Sunday. "Bring back my papa. Papa, please come home."

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    Monday's AirAsia's flight QZ8501 at Changi airport, Singapore (29 Dec 2014)

    This was Monday's AirAsia flight QZ8501, being unloaded at Singapore's Changi airport after arriving safely on the same flight number as the missing aircraft.

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    Military and rescue authorities monitor progress in search for AirAsia Flight QZ8501 in Mission Control Center inside National Search and Rescue Agency in Jakarta

    In Jakarta, military and rescue authorities monitor progress in the search for flight QZ8501 at Mission Control Center inside National Search and Rescue Agency.

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    China has offered to send aircraft and ships to help in the search for the missing plane, according to Reuters.

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    Steve Herman

    Voice of America Correspondent, Asia

    Tony Fernandes

    tweets the following lines from a news briefing by AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes:

    "Until today we have never lost a life."

    "No airline can guarantee 100% safety."

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    Melissa Goh

    Malaysia Bureau Chief, Channel NewsAsia

    tweets: Malaysian transport minister Liow Tiong Lai urges travellers not to prejudice against Malaysian airliners

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    Alexander Sutikno told the BBC his neighbours, a family of three, were on board the flight. "It was really unexpected that such a disaster could happen to a close friend," he said, but added there was still hope some people could be alive on emergency rafts in the sea.

  56. Post update

    On Monday, the first day of trading since the aircraft went missing, shares of Kuala Lumpur-listed AirAsia plunged as much as 13%.

  57. Post update

    Indonesian Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan has told reporters that the government will review the operations of AirAsia in the country. He added that it was to "ensure that all of its activities are better in the future".

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    Our BBC crew at Indonesia's Surabaya Airport has sent these images from the earlier press conference.

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    The search and rescue operation is being supported by Singapore and Malaysia. Australia has also offered a P3 Orion maritime surveillance aircraft.

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    At the moment officials do not think the aircraft would have deviated far from the last point of contact, our correspondent adds. One transport ministry official has said they will keep searching until the plane is found.

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    Alice Budisatrijo

    BBC News, Surabaya

    was at the press conference where Indonesian transport ministry officials were speaking earlier. They said they are searching based on point of last contact, but they are being flexible and could expand search west and south of the search area.

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    Relatives at a waiting area in Juanda International Airport, Surabaya (29 Dec 2014)

    There is nothing relatives of those on board can do but wait. These distraught women were at Surabaya airport on Sunday morning.

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    Alice Budisatrijo

    BBC News, Surabaya

    says Indonesian transport ministry officials at a Surabaya press conference did not corroborate earlier reports from search and rescue officials in Jakarta who had hypothesised that the plane is at the bottom of the sea.

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    South Korea's Yonhap news agency says South Korea will send a surveillance plane as early as Tuesday to support Indonesia's search and recue operations. A South Korean family of three are confirmed to be on board the plane.

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    Alice Budisatrijo

    BBC News, Surabaya

    is at a press conference where Indonesian transport ministry officials are speaking. They say Indonesia has sent 10 ships, two helicopters and diver teams. At least two Indonesian ships are currently very close to the location of lost contact.

  66. Post update

    The head of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency has told reporters that based on current co-ordinates and the estimated crash site, "the hypothesis is the plane is at the bottom of the sea".

    "That's the preliminary suspicion and it can develop based on the evaluation of the result of our search," AFP quotes him as saying.

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    People's Daily China


    tweets this photo, saying: A plane of Indonesian Navy's rescue team takes off from Bintan Island of Indonesia to search for the missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501

  68. Post update

    Singapore navy personnel board RSS Supreme (29 Dec 2014)

    RSS Supreme is one of several Singaporean vessels joining the search effort. A landing ship tank and submarine support and rescue vessel are also on standby, says the Straits Times.

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    Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing speaking with Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) servicemen (29 Dec 2014)

    Singapore's Ministry of Defence has released this image of Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing on board RSS Supreme, briefing navy personnel taking part in the search.

  70. #PrayForAirAsia

    #PrayForAirAsia and #QZ8501 continue to dominate Twitter in Indonesia, one of the world's largest social media markets.

  71. Post update

    Sharanjit Leyl

    BBC News, Changi airport, Singapore

    says there were anguished scenes at the airport on Sunday, as some 50 people arrived to find news of loved ones on board the flight. They were cordoned off from journalists and looked after by staff. Many returned home overnight or stayed in hotels, but some 16 people chose to fly to Surabaya, she adds.

  72. Post update

    This is the list of the nationalities of those on board flight QZ8501 - they were overwhelmingly Indonesian.


    1 Singaporean

    1 Malaysian

    3 South Koreans

    1 Briton

    149 Indonesians


    1 French

    6 Indonesians

  73. Post update

    Will Ripley

    CNN Tokyo Correspondent

    tweets: At Surabaya airport, officials briefing dozens of families of those missing on AsiaAir Flight QZ8501. Briefing is closed door.

  74. Post update


    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.

  75. Post update

    Indonesian officials are holding a news conference now at Surabaya airport.

  76. Post update

    First Adm Sigit Setiayana, commander of Indonesia's Naval Aviation Center at Surabaya air force base, says 12 navy ships, five planes, three helicopters and a number of warships are taking part in the search, along with ships and planes from Singapore and Malaysia, the Associated Press reports. "God willing, we can find it soon," he tells AP.

  77. Post update

    Latika Bourke

    Political Reporter, Fairfax Media

    tweets: Such a sad legacy of 2014 that there are now three flight codes we'll likely never forget. #MH370 #MH17 #QZ8501

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    Steve Herman

    Asia Correspondent, Voice of America

    tweets: U.S. Navy says "assets in 7th Fleet stand ready to assist in any way that's helpful."

  79. Post update

    Former pilot Capt Desmond Ross in Australia tells the BBC that thunder storms are a daily event in the Java sea region, but that modern planes are equipped with excellent radar giving plenty of warning of bad weather, so crew can weave around it. But in rare events planes can be hit by "unbelievable" wind changes and updraughts which are totally unpredictable, he adds.

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    New Straits Times front page

    This was the front page of Malaysia's New Straits Times newspaper on Monday morning - there is one Malaysian on board the plane. The country is still reeling from the loss of two Malaysia Airline flights this year. Flight MH370 went missing in March and has still not been found. MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.

  81. Post update

    AirAsia is one of the continent's most successful airlines. The company and subsidiaries using the AirAsia name reach some 100 destinations across more than 15 countries, says BBC Business reporter Joe Miller.

  82. Post update

    "The RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft has a well proven capability in search and rescue and carries maritime search radar coupled with infra-red and electro-optical sensors to support the visual observation capabilities provided by its highly trained crew members," ADF Air Chief Marshal Binskin said in a statement.

  83. Post update

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) says it has deployed a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)AP-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft to assist in search. It took off from Darwin on Monday morning.

  84. Post update

    Andrew Stevens

    CNN Presenter

    tweets: AirAsia chief Tony Fernandez has left Surabaya and now in Jakarta. Airline says will be updating families on search this morning.

  85. Post update

    Sharanjit Leyl

    BBC News, Changi airport, Singapore

    "We spoke to some passengers checking in on AirAsia flights earlier - they seemed fairly unfazed by news of the disappearance of the plane. We are being told that the weather conditions have improved today. The focus is on the Java sea, with a search area of 3,500 nautical miles."

  86. Post update

    Relatives of missing Air Asia QZ8501 passengers cry at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya (28 Dec 2014)

    For relatives of those on board it has been a long night without answers. These distressed women were at Surabaya airport on Sunday night.

  87. Post update

    AirAsia's latest statement gives the full breakdown of those on board. There were 137 adult passengers, 17 children and 1 infant. The crew comprised 2 pilots, 4 cabin crew and one engineer. The pilot was experienced, with 20,537 flying hours. His first officer had 2,275 flying hours with AirAsia Indonesia alone.

  88. Post update

    Richard Westcott

    BBC Transport Correspondent

    says there are some clues as to what happened to the flight. The pilot had radioed for permission to climb to avoid the bad weather, which is standard procedure for this part of world during monsoon season. The lack of a mayday call shows that whatever did happen, happened quickly, he adds. There is nothing yet, however, to indicate a terror attack.

  89. Post update

    Channel NewsAsia


    tweets: Today's #QZ8501 flight has landed safely at Changi Airport, Terminal 1

  90. Post update

    Channel NewsAsia says Monday's scheduled flight from Surabaya to Singapore, using the same flight number as the missing plane, landed safely at Changi airport this morning.

  91. Post update

    The search was called off last night as darkness fell but resumed again at about 06:00 local time (23:00 GMT). Search teams are concentrating on an area of the Java sea between the islands of Borneo and Java.

  92. Post update

    The route is a busy one for airliners, and the plane was making a routine, short flight. AirAsia has an excellent safety record and there is as yet no indication of what went wrong. The plane did not send a mayday message.

  93. Post update

    Welcome to our live coverage of the search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 which went missing on Sunday. It was flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, with 162 passengers and crew on board.