AirAsia Passenger Jet Missing With 162 Onboard

A search operation is under way in the Java Sea for a missing AirAsia plane with 162 passengers and crew on board. The flight by the low-cost airline had left the Indonesian city of Surabaya heading to Singapore when it disappeared at 7:24 a.m. Sunday, local time – 42 minutes into its flight, nearly halfway to its destination. Officials say before contact was lost, the pilot had asked air traffic control in Jakarta for permission to ascend 1,800 meters to avoid bad weather. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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