Jakarta, Indonesia : Families of victims on the ill-fated AirAsia jet carrying 162 people are now losing hope. As each hour is passing by with no confirmation of what happened to the flight, families say that they are prepared for the worst.
The AirAsia Indonesia airliner flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board has gone missing.
Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control at 06:24 local time (23:24 GMT Saturday) over the Java Sea.
The plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared midway into the flight of more than two hours from the city of Surabaya. No distress call was made.
Bad weather was reported in the area, and an air search operation has now been suspended for the night. The pilot had requested to elevate the flight to an higher altitude but the request was turned down due to heavy air traffic.