Air Asia flight loses contact after ‘asking for unusual route’

An AirAsia flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control shortly after asking for an unusual route.

Transport officials said the aircraft, flight number QZ 8501, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6.17 a.m local time (11.17pm GMT).

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AirAsia is a Malaysian carrier, which may not be worrying news…