8501 SAR under Indonesian CAA guidance, says AirAsia

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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 28): The search and rescue (SAR) operations for the missing AirAsia Indonesia flight SQ8501 are are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), according to the low cost carrier.

AirAsia Indonesia said it was cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

“The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to enroute weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC).

“The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on 16 November 2014,” it said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Transport Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Malaysia is ready to offer its assistance in the search and rescue (SAR) operations for the missing aircraft.

In a statement today, he said that with regard to AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore, the Indonesian government had commenced search and rescue operations.
“We are in contact with our counterparts in Indonesia and Singapore, and stand ready to offer any assistance,” said Liow.