AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore missing: official

An AirAsia plane with 161 people on board lost contact with air traffic control en route from Indonesia to Singapore Sunday morning, an official said.

An AirAsia plane with 161 people on board lost contact with air traffic control en route from Indonesia to Singapore Sunday morning, an official said.

JAKARTA - An AirAsia plane with 161 people on board lost contact with air traffic control en route from Indonesia to Singapore Sunday morning, an official said.

"The AirAsia flight flying from Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with Jakarta at 7:55am (local time)," transport ministry spokesman J.A. Barata told AFP.

The Airbus plane left Juanda international airport in Surabaya in east Java at 5:20am and was expected to arrive in Singapore at 8:30am (0030 GMT).

The plane was carrying six crew and 155 passengers -- 138 adults, 16 children and a baby, Barata said.

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