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Indonesian media is reporting that an AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore has lost contact with Air Traffic Control in Jakota, Indonesia. The local media is basing this off of a Transport Ministry official. The flight number is QZ8501 and it contained 155 passengers and crew.
Hadi Mustofa, of the Transport Ministry, said that the plane began to take a unusual and different path before contact was lost. Contact was lost at 6:17 PM ET, however the news did not break until five hours later.
AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact at 07:24hrs this morning http://t.co/WomRQuzcPO
— AirAsia (@AirAsia) December 28, 2014
AirAsia also changed their logos on social media to a gray color, rather than the usual red.
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UPDATE, 12:35 AM ET: The number of people on-board has been confirmed as 162. The previously reported 155 is the number of passengers, not total.