The Jakarta Post
The families of passengers aboard AirAsia flight QZ8501, which has been reported missing while en route from Surabaya to Singapore, have begun to arrive at the AirAsia Crisis Center at Juanda International Airport, Surabaya looking for information about their loved ones.
One family member, identified as Erna W., was quoted by Antara on Sunday as saying that she had four family members on board the missing aircraft. 'I hope I can get information soon on the whereabouts of our family members,' she said in tears.
Erna said she had heard about the missing plane from radio and television news reports in Surabaya.
A mood of fear and grief shrouded the AirAsia Crisis Center packed with families desperate for information on the fate of their relatives.
The passenger manifest of AirAsia QZ8501 was hung up inside the crisis center.
State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP) Juanda general manager Trikora Harjo said it would keep all passenger families informed about the latest developments on the missing plane as soon as soon as they became available.
'We believe that all passenger families can get information here at Juanda Airport and they can also contact  8690945,' he said.
Air traffic control is reported to have lost contact with the flight shortly after it took off from Juanda airport at 5:36 a.m. local time on Sunday. (ebf)