An AirAsia flight travelling from Indonesia to Singapore has misplaced contact with air visitors management with 162 folks on board.
Flight QZ8501 misplaced contact at 07:24 (23:24 GMT), Malaysia-based AirAsia tweeted.
Search and rescue operations are beneath means.
Malaysia’s nationwide provider Malaysia Airways has suffered two disasters this yr – flights MH370 and MH17 – however AirAsia has by no means misplaced a aircraft.
Flight MH370 disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March with 239 passengers and crew, and MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July, killing all 298 on board.
The AirAsia flight had been as a result of arrive in Singapore at 08:30 (00:30GMT).
The lacking jet had requested a “deviation” from the flight path as a result of unhealthy climate, the corporate mentioned.
Anxious relations have been arriving on the airport in Surabaya.
It was an identical scene on the flight’s supposed vacation spot in Singapore.
The flight arrivals board at Changi Airport in Singapore, the place the AirAsia flight was due.
There have been 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 youngsters and one toddler, the corporate mentioned in a press release. Additionally on board had been two pilots and 5 cabin crew.
Most of these on board had been Indonesian, however there have been six others on board, AirAsia has mentioned: three South Koreans, and one every from France, Malaysia and Singapore.
An official with the transport ministry, Hadi Mustofa, instructed native media the aircraft misplaced contact over the Java Sea, between the islands of Kalimantan and Java.
He mentioned the aircraft had requested for an uncommon route earlier than it misplaced contact and that the climate had been cloudy.
AirAsia has arrange an emergency line for household or mates of those that could also be on board. The quantity is +622 129 850 801.
The corporate’s chief govt, Tony Fernandes, tweeted: “Thanks for all of your ideas and prayers. We should keep sturdy.”