AirAsia Flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore Goes Missing with 162 On Board Over Java Sea

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Missing:

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore with 162 individuals, 155 passengers (17 children & 1 infant) and 7 crew members, aboard has gone missing Sunday over the Java Sea. According to reports, the AirAsia plane took off Sunday morning from Surabaya, Indonesia and was about halfway to its destination to Singapore. The plane lost contact about 42 minutes after takeoff. According to Djoko Murjatmodjo, Indonesia’s acting director general of transportation, the last communication between Flight QZ8501 pilot and air traffic control was at 6:13 AM, when the pilot “asked to avoid clouds and bad weather by turning left and going higher to 34,000 feet.” The plane  was last seen on radar at 6:16 AM and a minute later was no longer. A search for the missing airplane has found no sign of the plane.

Several hours of searching Indonesian waters turned up no sign of an AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board in airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning, officials said.

Aircraft searching for AirAsia Flight 8501 called off the effort for the night and will resume at Monday morning, said Achmad Toha of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency. Some ships were continuing the search overnight, he said.

The plane took off Sunday morning from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, and was about halfway to its destination, Singapore, when it vanished from radar.

The last communication between the pilot and air traffic control was at 6:13 a.m., when the pilot “asked to avoid clouds by turning left and going higher to 34,000 feet.” It was last seen on radar at 6:16 a.m., and a minute later was no longer there, Djoko Murjatmodjo, Indonesia’s acting director general of transportation, told reporters.

More than 12 hours later, shocked family members huddled at the Surabaya airport from where the Airbus A320 had taken off, awaiting any news of the jetliner, operated by an airline whose parent company is based in Malaysia.


The following is a statement from the AirAsia airline’s Facebook page:

AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24hrs this morning.

At the present time we unfortunately have no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board, but we will keep all parties informed as more information becomes available.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC.

At this time, search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service.


An AirAsia passenger jet carrying 162 people lost contact with Indonesian air traffic control early Sunday, gripping Southeast Asia with a second missing plane crisis in less than a year.

The search operation for the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 has been halted for the night, but big ships won’t return to shore and will leave their searchlights on, according to the Indonesian Transportation Ministry.

Before communication was lost, one of the pilots asked to fly at a higher altitude because of bad weather, officials said.

The aircraft, flying from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, went missing as it flew at 38,000 feet over the Java Sea between the islands of Belitung and Borneo — a heavily traveled shipping channel with shallow waters, according to Indonesian authorities, who are leading the search and rescue operations.

UPDATE I: Authorities called off the aerial search for the night.

Rescuers scouring Indonesian waters for an AirAsia plane that went missing with 162 people aboard had turned up no sign of the missing jet more than 10 hours after it lost contact with air-traffic control, officials said Sunday.

After hours of scouring the Java Sea, Indonesian authorities called off the aerial search for the night. Achmad Toha of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said some ships in the area would continue looking for the missing plane overnight, according to The Associated Press.

UPDATE II: ABC News - Time Line of Events.

AirAsia missing plane

  • Take off scheduled: 5:20 a.m. Sunday Surabaya time (5:20 p.m. Saturday ET)
  • Take off actual: 5:36 a.m. Sunday Surabaya time (5:36 p.m. Saturday ET)
  • Indonesia lost contact with plane, according to Indonesian transportation ministry: 6:17 a.m. Sunday Surabaya time (6:17 p.m. Saturday ET)
  • Scheduled to land: 7:57 a.m. Sunday Singapore time (9:57 p.m. Saturday ET)
  • Normal flight duration: 1 hour 21 minutes
  • Duration of flight from takeoff to lost contact: 41 minutes

JetBlue Offers to Fly Police to NYPD Officer Funerals Free of Charge … Also Offering Flights at No Charge to the Families of the Murdered Officers

PUTTING THE “BLUE” IN JETBLUE … JetBlue Airways show of support for police …

JetBlue Airways is doing their part to support the men in blue of brtheren who wish to show support of the NYPD. JetBlue is offering free flights to two officers from any U.S. law enforcement agency who wish to attend the funerals of slain New York City policemen Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. The two NYPD officers, Lie and Ramos, were gunned down as they sat in their police car in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.  JetBlue stated that it is also working with another airline to help fly some of Liu’s family members in from China for his funeral, which has not yet been scheduled. JetBlue is also offering flights at no charge to the families of the murdered officers. It is expected that thousands of law enforcement officials and Vice Present Joe Biden are expected to attend Ramos’ funeral on Saturday.

Jet Blue

JetBlue Airways (JBLU) is offering free flights to two officers from any U.S. law enforcement agency who wish to attend the funerals of slain New York City policemen Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

The carrier, which is based in New York, said it is also offering flights at no charge to the families of the murdered officers. The two were shot to death in Brooklyn on Saturday as they sat in their patrol car. JetBlue also said it is working with another airline to fly in the family of Ofc. Liu from China so they can attend his service.

“We’re honored to do what we can to support the communities we serve, and our team has made flights available to law enforcement agencies across our route network who wish to send representatives to New York to support their brethren,” a JetBlue spokeswoman said in a statement.

Male Passenger Thrown Off American Airlines Plane After PC Scrooge Flippied Out After Airline Staff Says ‘Merry Christmas’


A male passenger was tossed off an American Airlines plane at La Guardia Airport in New York on Tuesday after he flipped out and took offense to being wished a Merry Christmas by airline staff. The idiot went mental when he was greeted not once, but twice by American Airline personnel with a “Merry Christmas.” Instead of just smiling and accepting the greetings, the passenger had to spew his PC bullsh*t and then went on a rant that not everyone celebrates Christmas and lectured them that they should not say it. This fool would not stop and was in turn thrown off the plane. Good for the folks at American Airlines. As the Grinch was escorted off the plane, the other passengers cheered and applauded. Hell, had I been on the plane I would have led the others on board in a rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” serenading the jerk off the plane.

Merry Christmas2

A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas.

The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 to Dallas when a cheerful gate agent began welcoming everyone with the Yuletide greeting while checking boarding passes.

The grumpy passenger, who appeared to be traveling alone, barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.”

Once on the plane, he was warmly greeted by a flight attendant who also wished him a “merry Christmas.” That was the last straw.

“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’?” the man raged before lecturing the attendants and the pilot about their faux pas.

He was escorted off the plane as other fliers burst into cheers and applause.

I am all for freedom of speech, but some time people just need to STFU. No body cares that one person on a plane full of people, traveling on the day before Christmas, gets offended by being wished a Merry Christmas. At some point the 99.9% of people do not need to have their lives impacted by the opinions of one idiot. Congratulations to American Airlines for doing the right thing.

Canada Stops Issuing Visas to Residents of Western African Countries Like Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia with Widespread Ebola


Effective immediately, Canada has stopped issuing travel visas to individuals who are residents of Western African countries where Ebola is widespread. Canada has closed its doors to residents of countries like Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia that are ramped with Ebola. In a news release issued some hours later, the government said it was taking “new precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians.” Unlike in America where we have a government who would behind the scenes plan to bring Ebola to the United States to treat and in turn put 300 million citizens at risk, Canada has instead chose to protect their land and citizens  … God keep our land, glorious and free. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!

KUDOS to Canada as they did what was in the best interest of Canada, not what was politically correct.

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Canada is following in Australia’s footsteps and has closed its doors, effectively immediately, to people from the West African countries battling Ebola.

In a move that puts Canada at odds with the World Health Organization, the federal government said Friday it is suspending the issuance of visas for residents and nationals of countries with “widespread and persistent-intense transmission” of Ebola virus disease. As well, work on permanent residence applications for people from the affected countries is also being suspended.

The stress on countries with widespread transmission provides an out for the United States, which currently still has at least one active Ebola case within its borders. At present only three countries meet the definition of widespread and persistent Ebola transmission: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The change was announced Friday in the Canada Gazette. In a news release issued some hours later, the government said it was taking “new precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians.”

The government said the move does not affect Canadians in West Africa; Canadian health-care workers helping in the effort to contain Ebola will be permitted back into Canada, the release said. As well, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander retains the discretion to grant entry on a case-by-case basis in exceptional circumstances “where travel is essential and in Canada’s interest.”

“The precautionary measures announced today build on actions we have taken to protect the health and safety of Canadians here at home,” the news release quoted Alexander as saying.

UPDATE I: Doctors Without Borders, reports that Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is ‘catastrophic’ and under-reported.

 Ebola has wiped out whole villages in Sierra Leone and may have caused many more deaths than the nearly 5,000 official global toll, a senior coordinator of the medical aid group MSF said Friday.

Rony Zachariah of Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF, said after visiting Sierra Leone that the Ebola figures were “under-reported”, in an interview with AFP on the sidelines of a medical conference in Barcelona.

“The situation is catastrophic. There are several villages and communities that have been basically wiped out. In one of the villages I went to, there were 40 inhabitants and 39 died,” he said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) published revised figures on Friday showing 4,951 people have died of Ebola and there was a total of 13,567 reported cases.

Posted November 2, 2014 by
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Airline Passenger at Newark Liberty International Airport with Ebola Symptoms Taken to Newark Hospital

Airline passenger who traveled from West Africa to the United States has been to hospital with Ebola symptoms.

An unnamed airline passenger traveling from West Africa to the United States has been identified at Newark International Airport with Ebola symptoms and has been taken to University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. Just hours after the United States raised its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. But the question remains, why are we allowing them to fly to the United States at all? So what if this passenger tests positive for Ebola? Obama is sing his praises that the system works. But what about the individuals on the plane that were exposed to this possible Ebola individual? What if a person flies to the United States, like Thomas Eric Duncan who came to the US without symptoms, and then tested positive after for Ebola and infected others? Sorry, but the current screening does not prevent that. They can lie and say they have had no contact with Ebola, like Thomas Eric Duncan as well. Only a ban on flights would.


Ebola Travel ban

An airline passenger who arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday afternoon has been held at Newark’s University Hospital for evaluation after exhibiting possible Ebola-like symptoms, government officials said.

“During the enhanced screening process for individuals arriving to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, an individual was identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola,” a Centers for Disease Control spokeswoman said.

CDC or state and local public health officials will contact other passengers on the aircraft “should it be determined that there was any risk to the other passengers of exposure to communicable disease,” the spokeswoman said.

Authorities didn’t release the passenger’s name, gender or the country of origin. An ambulance transported the traveler to University Hospital, which has an agreement with the CDC to “detain, isolate and quarantine individuals who are reasonably believed to be infected with Ebola or any communicable disease,” a hospital spokeswoman said.

The person was stopped hours after the Department of Homeland Security announced that flights carrying people from the three West Africa countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak would be routed to five U.S. airports. The majority of those travelers from West Africa arrive at New York’s John F. Kennedy International airport; less than a dozen or so passengers arrive at Newark daily.

Posted October 22, 2014 by
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US Rep. Steve Scalise Grills CDC Director Frieden at Ebola House Hearing about Travel Ban

It should be frightening to all Americans that the CDC is this political …

US Rep. Steve Scalise(R-LA) confronted CDC Director Frieden over the Ebola situation and putting a travel ban in place or at the very least to stop issuing visas to individuals from  Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to the US. The answers that he received from the CDC Director were nothing short of political stonewalling and non-answers.

How can there not be a travel ban from individuals from West Africa, after all … that’s how other African countries saved themselves, they closed their borders.  So if it was good for African countries to do so, why is it also not okay for America? What is Obama’s issue and agenda? During the hearing the CDC director claimed that CDC was open to travel ban. Hmm … but is Obama and will it be too late if he finally is forced to?

UNBELIEVABLE … CDC OK’d Ebola Patient Amber Joy Vinson to Travel By Air With “Low-Grade” Fever


Are you kidding me, a nurse that had treated an Ebola patient who died, and a second healthcare worker infected with the virus, was allowed to board a plane with a low grade fever. I am speechless.The second healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola, Amber Joy Vinson, traveled by air October 13, with a low-grade fever, a day before she showed up at the hospital reporting symptoms. How did the CDC give this individual a green  light to travel? The Frontier plane in question made five additional flights before it was finally taken out of service. Making matters worse, if possible, Dr. LaPook on the CBS Evening News. said,“This nurse, Nurse Vinson,  did in fact call the CDC several times before taking that flight and said she has a temperature, a fever of 99.5, and the person at the CDC looked at a chart and because her temperature wasn’t 100.4 or higher she didn’t officially fall into the category of high risk.” UNREAL!!!

How do you let anyone who had exposure to an Ebola patient with any type of fever get on a plane? These are the folks that we are entrusting protocols to? Really?

The CDC has announced that the second healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola — now identified as Amber Joy Vinson of Dallas — traveled by air Oct. 13, with a low-grade fever, a day before she showed up at the hospital reporting symptoms.

The CDC is now reaching out to all passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth. The flight landed at 8:16 p.m. CT.

All 132 passengers on the flight are being asked to call 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636). Public health professionals will begin interviewing passengers about the flight Wednesday afternoon.

“Although she (Vinson) did not report any symptoms and she did not meet the fever threshold of 100.4, she did report at that time she took her temperature and found it to be 99.5,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden.  Her temperature coupled with the fact that she had been exposed to the virus should have prevented her from getting on the plane, he said.  “I don’t think that changes the level of risk of people around her.  She did not vomit, she was not bleeding, so the level of risk of people around her would be extremely low.”

Just how incompetent are the folks at the CDC?

 The day before she went to the hospital with Ebola symptoms, Amber Vinson was flying halfway across the country on a commercial jet with 132 other people.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said she never should have stepped foot on the flight, but another federal official told CNN that no one at the agency stopped her.

Before flying from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday, Vinson called the CDC to report an elevated temperature of 99.5 Fahrenheit. She informed the agency that she was getting on a plane, the official said, and she wasn’t told not to board the aircraft.

 UPDATE I: After Vinson flew from Cleveland to Dallas, the same Frontier Airlines plane made five additional trips.

  • Frontier Flight 2042 departed to Dallas on Oct. 14 at 8:11 a.m. CDT and arrived in Cleveland at 11:14 a.m. EDT
  • Frontier Flight 1104 departed Cleveland on Oct. 14 at 12:24 p.m. EDT and arrived in Fort Lauderdale at 3 p.m. EDT
  • Frontier Flight 1105 departed Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 14 at 4:02 p.m. EDT and arrived in Cleveland at 6:16 p.m. EDT
  • Frontier Flight 1101 departed Cleveland on Oct. 14 7:24 p.m. EDT and arrived in Atlanta at 9:03 p.m. EDT
  • Frontier Flight 1100 departed Atlanta on Oct. 14 at 10:12 p.m. EDT and arrived in Cleveland at 11:19 p.m. EDT
  • Frontier jet lands in Denver Wednesday afternoon and is taken to a Frontier maintenance  hanger for further decontamination cleanup procedures.

WAPO/ABC Poll: 67% of Americans Support a Travel Ban From Ebola Affected Countries of West Africa Like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea


According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, 67% of Americans are in favor of travel bans for individuals from countries affected by Ebola, namely the West African ravaged countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. JUST 67%? Look for this number to grow considerably after a second transmitted case of Ebola has now been diagnosed in Dallas, Texas.

Ebola Travel ban

Nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about a widespread epidemic of the Ebola virus in the United States, and about as many in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say the federal government is not doing enough to prevent it.

Indeed, more than four in 10 – 43 percent are worried that they or an immediate family member might catch the disease. That’s similar to the level of concern about other viral outbreaks in some previous ABC/Post polls, but more consequential, given Ebola’s high mortality rate.

From The Daily Caller points out that this is not a Republican or Democrat partisan issue … their is support on both sides to put a travel ban in place. Except from the always political, PC, community organizer, Barack Obama.

The public’s support for an Ebola travel ban is growing fast, prompting more Republican and Democratic politicians to demand a White House policy reversal.

Sixty seven percent of Americans said they would favor “restricting entry to the United States by people who’ve been in affected countries,” according to a new poll by The Washington Post and the ABC News.

Only 29 percent opposed the travel curbs on people arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where 4,000 people have already died from the lethal and invasive disease.

That attitude is spurring politicians to challenge President Barack Obama’s repeated opposition to any restrictions on the entry of apparently healthy Africans who may carry the disease.

Obama’s progressive-style opposition to the travel ban may become a problem for Democrats during the remaining three weeks of the 2014 campaign, especially if more Americans are infected with the deadly disease.

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Data Was Deleted From Flight Simulator of Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah

It is looking more and more like a planned event by the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 …

Authorities in the investigation into the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are saying that some data files from the flight simulator taken from the home of pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah. The flight simulator was taken from pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s home over the weekend as part of police investigation. How on Earth are we just learning about this now? What files were deleted from this pilot’s flight simulator, maybe how to fly at low levels across the ocean to avoid radar and land on an undisclosed island?

What good reason would one have to delete data files? Obviously a good forensic computer individual should be able to retrieve such data. Maybe this will hold the important clues as to where this missing Malaysia plane is or at least the general direction it flew to. Officials have determined that a deliberate action was to blame for the disappearance of Flight 370 as the police escalate their investigations of Capt. Zaharie, 52 years old, and his 26-year-old co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid.

Zaharie Shah via YouTube

Malaysian investigators have found that some data from a flight simulator taken from the home of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′s pilot was deleted.

“Some data has been deleted from the simulator. Forensic efforts are on to retrieve the data,” Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s acting transport minister told reporters on Wednesday.

The flight simulator was taken from pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s home over the weekend as part of police investigation. All crew and ground staff who were involved with Flight 370 are currently being investigated, Mr. Hishammuddin said. He added that all crew and personnel are currently being treated as innocent.

The data log of the games on the simulator was cleared on Feb. 3 and experts are looking at what logs were deleted, Malaysian Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said at the same news conference. He declined to comment if the experts thought the erasing of the data was unusual.

US Officials Now Say Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight #MH370 Communication System/Transponders Shut Down Manually & Not Because of Catastrophic Failure … Believe Missing Plane Flew for 5 Hours … Possibly Diverted to a Secret Location

The WSJ is reporting, U.S. investigators suspect the missing Malaysia Airlines plane flew on for hours after contact was lost. The mystery continues as to what happened to this missing plane and where it is. The scope of the search continues to get larger and larger.  Did the plane crash, was it a terror attack or was it hijacked? Signs are now starting to look like maybe it was hijacked and diverted to an undisclosed location. Did the pilot go rogue? And if so, for what reason. The mystery continues.

U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for up to four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, according to two people familiar with the details, raising the possibility that the plane could have flown on for hundreds of additional miles under conditions that remain murky.

The investigators believe the plane flew for a total of up to five hours, according to these people, based on analysis of signals sent by the Boeing 777′s satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of certain onboard systems to the ground.

Throughout the roughly four hours after the jet dropped from civilian radar screens, these people said, the link operated in a kind of standby mode and sought to establish contact with a satellite or satellites. These transmissions did not include data, they said, but the periodic contacts indicate to investigators that the plane was still intact and believed to be flying.

U.S. counterterrorism officials are pursuing the possibility that a pilot or someone else on board the plane may have diverted it toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off the jetliner’s transponders to avoid radar detection, according to one person tracking the probe.

Video Hat Tip – The Gateway Pundit

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