*(Via Reuters) – Indonesia called off until first light a search for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people from Indonesia’s Surabaya to Singapore, which went missing on Sunday just after pilots requested a change in course to avoid bad weather.
There was no distress call issued by Flight QZ8501, operated by Indonesian AirAsia, 49 percent owned by Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia (AIRA.KL), which has had no crashes since it started flying in 2002.
Singapore said it would send two planes to join the search for the missing Airbus (AIR.PA) A320-200 early on Monday, while the United States, Malaysia, Britain, South Korea, Australia and India offered help, from planes and navy boats to experts and investigators.
“We are deeply shocked and saddened by this incident,” said Sunu Widyatmoko, CEO of AirAsia Indonesia. “We are cooperating with the relevant authorities to the fullest extent to determine the cause of this incident.”
On board were 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans and one each from Singapore, Malaysia and Britain, plus a French pilot.
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