Katie Hunt & Bernadette del Prado
AirAsia Berhad is a Malaysian low-cost airline headquartered near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They operate scheduled domestic and international flights to 100 destinations spanning 22 countries. The company has always been known for having very low-cost airline tickets, but now they seem to be only known for disappearing into the sea.
On December 27, 2014 AirAsia flight QZ8501 disappeared over the Java Sea flying from Surabaya-Juanda Airport (Indonesia) to Changi International Airport (Singapore). One hundred and fifty five passengers and seven flight crew members lost their lives from this tragic event. The plane path was experiencing poor weather condition, which caused the pilot to request the air traffic control pilot to fly 6,000ft higher. Three minutes after the request, the plane lost contact with the air traffic control.
Nearly 50 out of 162 bodies have been found but most are believed to still be lost inside the fuselage, or the main body of the airplane. However, the tail being found on January 12th has revealed the ‘black box’ that can tell families and loved ones exactly what happen on that flight to Singapore. The black box is only one of two parts to complete this puzzle of the AirAsia plane crash. It is in prime condition and has no damage to it at all. Researchers believe they will be able to retrieve the information in 1-2 days then translate it in a day.
The remains of the plane are believed to be in the Java Sea and divers will search endlessly until they “return each family member on that plane to their rightful home.”