UPDATED: Airbus Release Statement On Missing AirAsia Jet
The aircraft that went missing on Sunday was delivered to AirAsia in 2008 and had recorded 23,000 flight hours on 13,600 flights, according to a statement from Airbus.
Flight QZ8501 with 162 people on board, lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control yesterday at 6:17 a.m. (2317 GMT). The pilots had asked to change course to avoid bad weather. Images at the time show deep convection where the jet disappeared with cloud up to 50,000ft.
The twin engine Airbus 320-200 is one of more than 6,000 in service with over 300 operators world wide and are used on short routes. Typically this type of jet would have a heavy maintenance check every 18-24 months.
The aircraft's engines were made by French-American CFM International, co-owned by General Electric and Safran.
The plane is registered in Indonesia meaning that country will lead the investigation if the plane has crashed on its territory or in international waters but it can also delegate the investigation to a third country. Because the aircraft was manufactured in France and the engines were made by a French-American firm both the French authority BEA and the NTSB in the U.S. could also be involved.
AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501
Media Information (Issue 2)
30 December 2014
Airbus has been informed by the Indonesian authorities that the accident site of flight QZ 8501 has been located.
The company wishes to offer the sincere sympathies of its management and staff to all those who have been affected by the loss of this aircraft.
In line with international convention, the official investigation into this accident is being led by the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), which will be supported by relevant international safety agencies. These include the French safety investigation authority BEA, which is an accredited party representing the state of design and manufacture of the aircraft.
The release of all further information related to the progress of the investigation and the publication of findings will be undertaken by the NTSC.
With safety as its prime concern, Airbus reaffirms its full commitment to provide all necessary technical assistance to the investigation authorities in order to establish the cause of this tragic accident.
Media Information (Issue 1)
28 December 2014
Airbus regrets to confirm that an A320-200 operated by AirAsia Indonesia lost contact with air traffic control this morning, 28th December 2014. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight QZ 8501, from Surabaya to Singapore.
The aircraft involved is MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 3648, registered as PK-AXC and was delivered to AirAsia from the production line in October 2008. Powered by CFM 56-5B engines, the aircraft had accumulated approximately 23,000 flight hours in some 13,600 flights. At this time no further factual information is available.