In an aviation news moment which can only be referred to as sickening, chilling and utterly bizarre, another large commercial jetliner flying over Indonesia in Asia has been reported missing, with some 162 persons on board. The plane was en route to Singapore and is registered as being Malaysian. The Reuters online news report states the number of passengers on board the missing plane as 155, so there are apparent discrepancies in various breaking news reports.
AirAsia Airbus Flight 8501 lost contact with air traffic approximately 5 hours ago at about 7:24 a.m. On the Air Asia website there is no mention of the missing jetliner as of 9:30 pm pacific time:
This story is still breaking and I will update it frequently as I learn more.
Re-posted from ABC News Online:
An AirAsia Airbus A320-200 has gone missing on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, according to the National Agency Search and Rescue Republic of Indonesia.
The plane, flight QZ8501, which reportedly had 162 people on board, lost contact at 7:24 a.m. local time near Belitung Island, Indonesia, according to a statement from AirAsia. It was scheduled to land in Singapore at 8:30 a.m. local time.
“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,” AirAsia said.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC.
Search and rescue operations were in progress, AirAsia said.
The plane lost communication with Indonesia’s Surabaya airport 42 minutes after takeoff, when it was believed to be over the Java Sea between Kalimantan and Java islands, Hadi Mustofa, an official of the transportation ministry told Indonesia’s MetroTV.
Mustofa said the plane had seven crew and 155 passengers.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said it was informed about the missing plane by Jakarta ground control about half an hour after contact was lost.
“Search and rescue operations have been activated by the Indonesian authorities,” it said.
The Singapore air force and the navy also were activated with two C-130 ready to assist Indonesia authorities in the search, according to the aviation authority.
“We remain ready to provide any assistance to support the search and rescue effort, the CAAS said.
A waiting area was set up at Changi Airport in Singapore, where the plane had been scheduled to land, with facilities and support for relatives and friends of the passengers on the plane.
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To hear Big Media tell the story, 2014 has been a stellar year for the American economy. The Stock Market is roaring and passed the eco-fantasy-land high water mark of 18,000 just a few days ago, Christmas spending is up, we are told and so forth. But the colossal size of America’s swelling debt looms over our children, grand children and their children as well. There are a few news bloggers out there who are willing to publish actuality RE: the American economy.
Historically, nations which are sinking into the mire of mega-debt often turn to war to try to reverse their fortunes. War is a luxury which Americans well know we can no longer afford, literally. It’s bankrupting the wealth and resources of the greatest nation on earth. But some see the signs that a fresh new war is exactly what many banking cartel elites desire to have happen. Since we are perpetually at war somewhere in the Mideast, we turn instead to events in Russia, where indicators speak that only the collapse of the ruble will halt Putin’s Ukraine adventurism. It just so happens [ ahem ] that the recent plunge in oil prices has sent the ruble into a tailspin. I happen to feel that the oil price slide was not accidental, just a hunch. And I am keeping my eyes on Russia and Turkey in 2015.
We’re told in American news broadcasts that the unemployment rate has fallen to it’s lowest number in 18 years. Yet the numbers of shaggy homeless people holding up signs at street corners, wandering along highway medians pulling everything they own in a grocery cart, or accosting my vehicle every time I drive into town, are greater today than they were last month or last year.
Boarded up windows in haggard blighted buildings are obvious driving through town, where large retail sales spaces right on the main drag sit empty for months and months. “For Rent” and “For Lease” signs dot the urban downtown landscapes of nearly every small town on the Oregon coast. Ask anyone out here and they will tell you: It’s a struggle to find work, and it’s a struggle to keep it. Good jobs are sparse and when they appear thousands apply.
If you are inclined to question the “official” unemployment numbers that media outlets like CNN keep spouting, stop by http://shadowstats.com and have a look around. It’s an eye opener.
You might want to also stop by http://x22report.com/ and check out their material. Click here to listen to a recent report from Dec 24 in mp3 format.
Another good site for an outside independent opinion of what’s happening in America’s economy is http://www.marketoracle.co.uk. I have linked to one of their recent posts and cited an excerpt below.
Excerpt: “Global Money Printing Central Banks Crime Syndicate
Contrary to the way the financial world may be presented in the mainstream media, the Fed is at the head of the global central banking crime syndicate cartel that runs the show Don Vito Corleone style, where should any foreign central banks get out of line will soon be in for a currency markets massacre as they see their currencies soar or collapse against the dollar and thus destroying their ability to export to the worlds largest consumer market which many economies are addicted to drug addicts style or manage inflation, as the official policy of the U.S. since the midst of the cold war has been to control the worlds financial system by means of operating a continuous large trade deficit, as I have covered at length several times over the years such as in my article of October 2010 (12 Oct 2010 – USD Index Trend Forecast Into Mid 2011, U.S. Dollar Collapse (Again)?).
For many years the Fed had been effectively inflating the whole world as I covered the dynamics of as long ago as in March 2011 – U.S. Dollar and Stock Market Trend Relationship, Currency and Real Wars”
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