December 28, 2014 - 3:18PM
AirAsia flight QZ 8501 has lost contact with air traffic control.
A search and rescue operation is underway after an AirAsia flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people onboard lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday.
Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa said the aircraft, flight number QZ 8501, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6.17 am local time (10.17am AEDST).
The passengers include 138 adults, 16 children and one baby, and seven crew. Reports say no Australians were onboard.
The plane departed at 5.35am Indonesian time (9.35am AEDST) and was scheduled to arrive at 8.30am Singapore time (10.30am AEDST)