AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501
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Status: Preliminary
Date: Sunday 28 December 2014
Time: ca 06:18
Type: Airbus A320-216
Operator: Indonesia AirAsia
Registration: PK-AXC
C/n / msn: 3648
First flight: 2008-09-25 (6 years 3 months)
Total airframe hrs: 23000
Cycles: 13600
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-5B6/3
Crew: Fatalities: / Occupants: 7
Passengers: Fatalities: / Occupants: 155
Total: Fatalities: / Occupants: 162
Airplane damage: Missing
Location: Java Sea (Indonesia )
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature: International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Surabaya-Juanda Airport (SUB/WARR) , Indonesia
Destination airport: Singapore-Changi International Airport (SIN/WSSS) , Singapore
Flightnumber: 8501

 

28 dec 2014: AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501

AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (Surabaya LT) this morning. The flight took off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 0535hours. The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were two pilots, four flight attendants and one engineer on board.
The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours

There were 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew. Nationalities of passengers: 1 Singapore, 1 Malaysia, 3 South Korea, 1 United Kingdom, 149 Indonesia | Nationalities of crew: 1 France, 6 Indonesia

At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). AirAsia Indonesia is 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.

AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft. The number is: +622129850801 .

Family members of QZ8501, please contact:
Malaysia: +60 3 21795959, Indonesia: +62 2129270811, Singapore: +65 63077688, Korea: 007 98142069940. Note : Hotline is strictly for family members only

As of 29 December 2014 10.30 AM LT (GMT+7)

AirAsia Indonesia has received confirmation from The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) that an international search and rescue mission from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia has been mobilized in the search of flight QZ8501. The mission in Surabaya has resumed today at 06.00 AM LT (GMT+7).

AirAsia Indonesia continue to support these efforts and has been actively cooperating with the search and rescue authorities.

AirAsia Indonesia's primary focus remains on the families and Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia is currently stationed at the family centre in Surabaya. We have been keeping the families updated on the search and rescue efforts as well as provide emotional support. Another group of AirAsia officials are providing the same to the families based in Singapore.

AirAsia will release further information as soon as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the AirAsia website, www.airasia.com ( Facebook | Twitter
)

 

Details:
Indonesia's Ministry of Transport said last radio contact with the aircraft occurred at 06:16L (23:16Z). The crew requested to climb and deviate to fly around cloud. The captain of the flight had 6,100 hours of flying experience. The aircraft has last undergone maintenance on Nov 16th 2014.

Indonesia's Ministry of Transport also published the load sheet and passenger manifest on their website. According to the load sheet the aircraft carried 158 passengers and 6 crew, according to the passenger manifest 155 passengers (manifest counts/lists 154 names plus one infant). The aircraft departed with a takeoff weight of 63,624kg (MTOW 70,796kg), thereof 8,296kg of fuel.

Indonesia's Search And Rescue Services were briefed that the aircraft contacted Jakarta Center at 06:12L (23:12Z) while enroute at FL320 and requested to deviate left of airway M635 and to climb to FL380. At 06:16L the aircraft was observed normally, radio contact occurred. At 06:17L radio contact was lost, the transponder (ADS-B) remained available however, at 06:18L the transponder was lost as well, the last recorded position was S3.3708 E109.6911 (about 110nm eastsoutheast of Pulau Belitung). 50 minutes later INCERFA (aircraft position uncertain alert), 70 minutes later ALERTFA (emergency alert) and 98 minutes later DETRESFA (distress alert) was declared by ATC.

A radar screenshot leaked from AirNav Indonesia shows the aircraft had turned left off the airway and was climbing through FL363, the speed over ground had decayed from 470 knots at FL320 to 353 knots however.

Flight QZ8501 is thought to have gone missing somewhere over the Java Sea between Tanjung Pandan on Belitung island and Pontianak, on Indonesia's part of Borneo island.

 

 
AirNav Indonesia Radar screen shot
Infrared Satellite Image MTSAT Dec 28th 2014 00:00Z (Graphics: AVH/MTSAT)

 

Also see: Infographics (Reuters)

 

QZ8501: THE TRAJECTORY
30 Jan 2015 | Source

On 29 January 2015, the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee had released some information regarding to the factual aspect of the accident.

ADS-B based projection of the final trajectory of QZ8501. (courtesy of: Victor Iannello)

Throughout the first week of the accident, amidst the speculation and mad schedules, leaks from various sources were received of the aircraft trajectory based on the ADS-B replay data. A projection with more details than the one issued by the government is shown above.

Several independant investigators that have spent many hours looking into the ADS-B data are committed to not disclose the actual replay of the original ADS-B data, to respect the process undertaken by the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee. The projection above was also only disclosed publicly after the goverment decided to issue a less detailed projection:

ADS-B projection of QZ8501 issued by the government at a parliamentary hearing.

What can be deciphered from the ADS-B data?

  1. The aircraft was cruising “normally” at FL320.
  2. At 23:16:52, the aircraft began to turn left, with a slight drop in altitude and shown by the vertical speed.
  3. After turning left further, at 23:17:29, the aircraft reached a maximum vertical climb rate of 12,675ft per minute, passing FL351, and a ground speed of only 311.57kts.
  4. At 23:17:43, the aircraft began to turn left again and had just passed it's maximum altitude and was recorded at FL373, and began to drop at a rate of -894ft per minute and a ground speed of only 169.19kts.
  5. At 23:18:03, the aircraft made a sharper turn to the left, dropping through FL327, at a rate of -20,000ft per minute, and a ground speed of only 119.09kts.
  6. After continuing south east for a about half a minute, the aircraft began to turn left again at 23:18:45, passing through it's last valid altitude at FL235, with a descent rate of -15,681fpm and a ground speed of a mere 78kts.
  7. The aircraft continued a tight left turn and was last detected at 23:19:46 with a ground speed of just 68kts.

From the trajectory, the following can be concluded :

  1. The aircraft flight control law must have degraded from Normal Law in order for the aircraft to depart the protected flight envelope.
  2. The climb rates are possible because of the consequential loss in forward speed. This negates the theory of updrafts.
  3. The aircraft would not have gone very far from the last point of contact, given the speed and descent rate. A recovery out of the stall into normal flight was extremely unlikely.
  4. The impact would have been one of high vertical rate, with low forward speed, and a relatively level to nose up aircraft body attitude, similar to Air France 447, but the roll angle is anyone's guess.

What remains unknown from the trajectory information:

  1. What caused the flight control system reconfiguration.
  2. Who was the pilot flying? The Captain or the First Officer (: The First Officer)
  3. What was the trajectory below FL235.

Source

 

 

 

 

Official Released Documents, Statements & Updates

 

Documents Release date & source Download
     
*Unofficial* ATC PK AXC-QZ8501 201412272225Z.mp3 (extracts of communication audio between Surabaya Air Traffic Control (ATC) Juanda International Airport and the captain) Jan 2 2014 - on Soundcloud | info | Source of audio
   
AirAsia | website  
AirAsia Media Statement 06 Feb 2015 Day 41 06 Feb 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 05 Feb 2015 Day 40 05 Feb 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 04 Feb 2015 Day 39 04 Feb 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 03 Feb 2015 Day 38 03 Feb 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 02 Feb 2015 Day 37 02 Feb 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 01 Feb 2015 Day 36 01 Feb 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 31 Jan 2015 Day 35 31 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 30 Jan 2015 Day 34 30 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 29 Jan 2015 Day 33 29 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 28 Jan 2015 Day 32 28 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 27 Jan 2015 Day 31 27 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 26 Jan 2015 Day 30 26 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 25 Jan 2015 Day 29 25 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 24 Jan 2015 Day 28 24 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 23 Jan 2015 Day 27 23 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 22 Jan 2015 Day 26 22 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 21 Jan 2015 Day 25 21 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 20 Jan 2015 Day 24 20 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 19 Jan 2015 Day 23 19 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 18 Jan 2015 Day 22 18 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 17 Jan 2015 Day 21 17 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 16 Jan 2015 Day 20 16 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 15 Jan 2015 Day 19 15 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 14 Jan 2015 Day 18 14 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 13 Jan 2015 Day 17 13 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 12 Jan 2015 Day 16 12 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 11 Jan 2015 Day 15 11 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 10 Jan 2015 Day 14 10 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 09 Jan 2015 Day 13 09 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 08 Jan 2015 Day 12 08 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 07 Jan 2015 Day 11 07 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 06 Jan 2015 Day 10 06 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 05 Jan 2015 Day 9 05 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 04 Jan 2015 Day 8 04 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 03 Jan 2015 Day 7 03 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 02 Jan 2015 Day 6 02 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 01 Jan 2015 Day 5 01 Jan 2015 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 31 Dec 2014 Day 4 31 Dec 2014 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 30 Dec 2014 Day 3 30 dec 2014 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 29 Dec 2014 Day 2 29 Dec 2014 - by AirAsia.com
AirAsia Media Statement 28 Dec 2014 Day 1 28 Dec 2014 - by AirAsia.com
   
Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Indonesia (MOT) | website  
Load and Trim Sheet 28 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Transport
Manifest Data Passenger Air Asia 28 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Transport
     
     
Speeding NTSC Final Report of Investigation AirAsia QZ8501 30 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Transport
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Victims search AirAsia QZ 8501 Passed 29 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Transport
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BNN Express Pilot Air Asia Negative Drug 27 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Transport
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KN. Jadayat Successful Evacuation One part of Black Box Air Asia QZ8501 | Black Box Air Asia Found 12 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Transport
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Ships DGST KN Jadayat Successful Presence Detect Black Box AirAsia QZ 8501 | Black Box Air Asia Found 11 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Transport
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Ship of State Owned DGST Continues Help Search Black Box Air Asia QZ8501 08 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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Help Search Air Asia QZ 8501, MoT Muster 11 Ship 07 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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MOC Ask Operational Personnel transferred 05 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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IAA Asking Unprecedented Change Fly For Sunday | These permits Air Asia 05 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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Explanation About Permits These Overseas Flight | Press Release 05 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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Actions related developments DGST post-disaster search and rescue Air Asia | Air Asia Found 03 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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Permission These Surabaya Indonesia Air Asia - Singapore Suspended 02 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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Update Position In Search Victims MoT Ships Aircraft Air Asia | Air Asia Found Jan 2 2015 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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Increase Safety, DGR and Lahat Bekasi regency Joint Cooperation Administration Railroad Crossing 31 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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The position of the Ministry of Transport Ship In Search Victims Air Asia QZ 8501 | Air Asia Found 31 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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Aircraft parts floating in the Sea Confirmed From The Air Asia QZ 8501 | Air Asia Found 31 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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Aircraft Calibration Find Great Flakes Color Red and White in 3 point | Air Asia Lost Contact 30 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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Dozens of Ships and Aircraft Teen Involved In Search AirAsia QZ 8501 | Air Asia Lost Contact 30 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION SHIP POSITION AIRCRAFT IN SEARCH OF WATER ASIA QZ.8510 | Air Asia Lost Contact 30 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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Chronology loss of aircraft Air Asia QZ 8501 | Air Asia Lost Contact 29 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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Muster MoT Ship To Perform Search Aircraft Air Asia | Air Asia Lost Contact 29 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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MoT muster Calibration aircraft Great Hall | Air Asia Lost Contact 29 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Transport - News DCGA
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Aircraft Data Air Asia QZ 8501 SUB-SIN Along Passenger Data lost contact | Air Asia Lost Contact 28 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Transport - News DGCA
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Ministry of Defence Singapore (MINDEF)| website    
Written Reply by Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen to Parliamentary Question on Singapore's Contributions to Search and Rescue Mission for AirAsia Flight QZ8501 29 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Defence Singapore  
The SAF Concludes Deployment for QZ8501 Search Operations 18 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Defence Singapore
The SAF Continues to Support Underwater Search Operations for QZ8501 10 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Defence Singapore
Shift In Focus To Underwater Search Operations - RSS Valour Returns To Singapore 05 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Defence Singapore
A Body and More Items Recovered by the Singapore Armed Forces 04 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Defence Singapore
Infographic Search Operations 02 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Defence Singapore
5th Republic of Singapore Navy Ship Arrives – All Committed SAF Assets in Search Area 02 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Defence Singapore
Four Republic of Singapore Navy Ships Conducting Search and Rescue Operations in the Search Area 01 Jan 2015 - by Ministry of Defence Singapore
5th Republic of Singapore Navy Ship Joins in the Search and Rescue Operation 31 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Defence Singapore
Republic of Singapore Navy Ships Sail for Indonesia 29 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Defence Singapore
SAF Assets Deployed in Response to Missing AirAsia Plane 28 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Defence Singapore
Singapore Armed Forces Prepared to Assist in Search and Locate Operation 28 Dec 2014 - by Ministry of Defence Singapore
     
Changi Airport Group's Updates | website (offline)    
Update 3 (29 December, 1930H) 29 Dec 2014 - by CAG
Update 2 (28 December, 1830H) 28 Dec 2014 - by CAG
Update 1 (28 December, 1155H) 28 Dec 2014 - by CAG
   
Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)  
CAAS Forum Page Reply in Singapore's TODAY Newspaper on 6 January 2015: Airlines' Responsibility to Obtain Approval of Flight Schedules 06 Jan 2015 - by Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)  
Indonesia Accepts Singapore's Offer of Disaster Victim Identification Team 03 Jan 2015 - by Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)  
Indonesia AirAsia Surabaya-Singapore Service 03 Jan 2015 - by Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)  
Singapore Specialists and Assets Head to Indonesia to Assist in Search and Rescue Efforts 30 Dec 2014 - by Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)
Singapore Extends Further Assistance in Search for Missing Indonesia AirAsia Plane 29 Dec 2014 - by Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)
Indonesia Accepts Singapore's Offer of Specialists and Equipment 29 Dec 2014 - by Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)
Singapore Assists in Search and Locate Efforts for Missing Indonesia AirAsia Plane 28 Dec 2014 - by Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)
Assistance Provided to Relatives of Singaporean on Board Missing Indonesia AirAsia Flight 28 Dec 2014 - by Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)
Indonesia Accepts Singapore's Offer to Assist in Search and Locate Efforts 28 Dec 2014 - by Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)
One Singaporean On Board Missing Indonesia AirAsia Flight 28 Dec 2014 - by Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)
Media Release CAAS - Indonesia AirAsia incident 28 Dec 2014 - by Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)
   
Airbus | website  
Airbus Media Statements 28 and 30 Dec 2014 - by Airbus.com
   
BASARNAS - BADAN SAR Nasional | website  
   
   
   

Officials
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Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Singapore
 
Airbus.com
 
Ministry of Transportation
 
Ministery of Defence Singapore (MINDEF)
 
Changi Airport Group (offline)
 
BASARNAS - BADAN SAR Nasional | Updates AirAsia | @SAR_NASIONAL Tweets
National Transport Safety Commitee Indonesia (NTSC)
 
U.S. 7th Fleet Support to AirAsia Flight QZ 8501
 

 

 

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