An AirAsia plane with 162 people aboard lost contact with ground control on Sunday after takeoff from Indonesia on the way to Singapore, and the airline said search and rescue operations were underway.
The plane lost communication with Indonesia's Surabaya airport 42 minutes after takeoff at 5:35 a.m., Hadi Mustofa, an official of the transportation ministry told Indonesia's MetroTV.
AirAsia said in a statement that the plane was an Airbus A320-200 and that search and rescue operations were in progress.
Mustofa said the plane had seven crew and 155 passengers.
He said the plane lost contact when it was believed to be over the Java Sea between Kalimantan and Java islands.
Looking at the radar screens that have been posted, there were some pretty gnarly looking storm cells that the flight was supposedly passing through, with no good areas to fly around. There's a reason planes try to fly around bad storms if they can.