Air Asia Flight QZ8501 Believed to Have Crashed Near East Sumatra; Singapore Sends Rescue Team

Air Asia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has reportedly crashed in waters near Belitung, an island off East Sumatra.

This was said by an official from Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency.

A rescue team has been dispatched to the area to scour for any trace of wreckage.

It’s believed that the Airbus A320 had circled over the sea near Belitung to avoid a storm before it experienced severe turbulence and crashed into the ocean.

Fishermen and local government officials in the region have begun searching for the plane, and survivors. One Singaporean is reported to be amongst the 162 people onboard Flight QZ8501.

There were also 16 children onboard the flight. Singapore has activated the Air Force and Navy. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has approved sending two C130 seach and locate aircraft  to help with the rescue efforts.

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