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AirAsia aircraft crashed in waters off East Belitung

AirAsia aircraft has reportedly crashed

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An aircraft has reportedly crashed in the waters off East Belitung, off the east coast of Sumatra, after authorities confirmed that AirAsia Flight QZ8501 went missing earlier today, The Malaysian Insider reported.

The Bangka Pos news portal said there was no confirmation of the crash site.

"Pak Danlanud called Bapak Basuri to say that an Airbus aircraft had crashed in the Beltim waters," the portal quoted Yuhinu, the adjutant to the local authority chief Basuri T Purnama.

Beltim refers to Belitung Timur. The flight with 155 on board had left Surabaya at 5.20am Indonesian time and was scheduled to land in Singapore at 8.30am Singapore time.

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