Tuesday, December 30, 2014

No Canadians among 162 on board missing AirAsia plane

An electronic sign board instructs relatives and next-of-kin to gather at a holding area at the Changi International Airport where AirAsia Flight 8501 was scheduled to land. AP
The Canadian Press
The Foreign Affairs Department says there’s no indication there are any Canadians on board a missing Air Asia flight.

But a spokesperson says Canadian officials are working to confirm that with local authorities.

The AirAsia jet had 162 people on board for a scheduled two-hour flight from western Indonesia to Singapore when it disappeared on Sunday.

Airline officials have said the majority of the people on the plane were Indonesian, but there were also three South Koreans, a Malaysian, a British national and his two-year-old Singaporean daughter, as well as a French captain.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Minister of State for Consular Affairs Lynne Yelich say they were extremely saddened to hear of the loss of the airplane.

In statement Sunday, they say the thoughts and prayers of Canada are with the friends and family of the missing.

They also said that if people believe there are Canadian citizens on the plane, they should contact the federal government’s emergency watch and response centre.

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