AirAsia Was Denied Request to Climb


airasiaAirAsia flight QZ8501 asked air traffic control to climb higher to avoid threatening clouds, but was not immediately granted permission. It was too crowded with six other commercial airlines for air traffic control to grant immediate permission, and the flight disappeared from radar within a few minutes.

Indonesian officials said Monday that an Australian aircraft spotted suspicious objects in the sea near Nangka Island, about 700 miles from the location where an AirAsia jet went missing Sunday.

Jakarta’s air force base commander, Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto, said that an Australian Orion aircraft detected objects about 100 miles southwest of Pangkalan Bun.

“However, we cannot be sure whether it was part of the missing AirAsia plane,” Putranto said. “We are now moving in that direction, which is in cloudy conditions.”

Flight QZ8501 went missing during a flight from Indonesia’s Surabaya city to Singapore, carrying 155 passengers including 16 children and seven crewmembers. The plane lost contact with air-traffic control over the Java Sea just after the pilot requested a change of flight plan because of poor weather conditions. Read more at CBS News.

{Andy Newscenter}