What is happening to all the great airplanes of Asia?

Update:
The pilot of the missing plane asked air controllers for permission to ascend to 32,000 to 38,000 feet in order to avoid storm cells. Certainly not an unheard of request, or “unusual” as some of the press has insinuated.

The request was approved but then denied due to other traffic in the area. The plane lost contact shortly after.

ndonesian air-traffic controllers apparently denied a request by the pilot of a missing AirAsia commercial jet to climb to a higher altitude, just minutes before the plane disappeared from their screens Sunday without a distress call.

The plane, an Airbus A320-200 with 162 people aboard, had encountered a string of intense thunderstorms and heavy clouds over the Java Sea. Hoping to avoid the worst of the weather, the pilot radioed in a request to climb from 32,000 feet to 38,000 feet, an Indonesian Transport Ministry official, Djoko Murjatmodjo, said at a news conference.

Update:
Check out this “prediction.” Fun, creepy, tin foil stuff. It’s like a mad, mass paranoia dream. Love this stuff.

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Update: (this appears to be incorrect, I don’t think wreckage has been found…usual confusion regarding lost Asian airplanes lol)
Reports that wreckage of Air Asia flight 8501 has been found off the coast of Indonesia. Yet…ML370 is still missing.

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What, huh? A plane has been missing for over four hours.

An Air Asia flight from the Indonesia city of Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control, reports say.

Indonesian media say 162 people were on board.

The aircraft, flight number QZ8501, lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control just after 06:15am local time, a transport official told local media.

The official, Hadi Mustofa, said the plane had asked for an unusual route before losing contact.

Never heard of Air Asia.

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According to Wikipedia.

“AirAsia Berhad (MYX: 5099) is a Malaysian low-cost airline headquartered near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AirAsia group operates scheduled domestic and international flights to 100 destinations spanning 22 countries. Its main hub is klia2 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Its affiliate airlines Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines AirAsia, AirAsia Zest and AirAsia India have hubs in Don Mueang International Airport, Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Kempegowda International Airport respectively. While its subsidiary, AirAsia X focusing on long-haul routes. AirAsia’s registered office is in Petaling Jaya, Selangor while its head office is at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.”

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And this. Perhaps relevant?

Indonesian police have arrested six people just before they were about to fly to Syria to join the Islamic State
group.
It is the latest in a growing wave of sympathisers emerging from the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
Those arrested at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta airport at dawn on Saturday included a couple and their 10­year­old child,
with police saying they were attempting to travel on fake passports.
The alleged organiser of the trip was also captured after the arrests.
“They admitted during an investigation that they want to carry out jihad and to be martyrs in defending [IS],” Jakarta
police spokesman Rikwanto said.
“We hope to find out more details from the organiser, including the one who funded the trip,” he added.
The number of IS supporters embarking from Indonesia soared to 264 in October from 86 in June, the National CounterTerrorism
Agency (BNPT) chief Saud Usman Nasution was quoted as saying in the Jakarta Post.
In total, an estimated 514 Indonesians have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside IS.
About half are students or migrant workers based in nearby countries, according to Nasution.
Indonesia has waged a crackdown on terror groups over the past decade following attacks against Western targets,
including the 2002 Bali bombings, a campaign that has been credited with weakening key networks.

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From the Department of Tempting Fate!

AirAsia, a regional airline serving Malaysia and Southeast Asia, is pulling its inflight magazine after a column boasted that its well-trained pilots would never lose a plane — drawing controversy on social media.

The airline apologized in a statement Saturday for the April issue of Travel 3Sixty magazine, which it said was written before Malaysia Airlines Flight 360 disappeared March 8 from Kuala Lumpur.

“With deep regret and remorse I would like to sincerely apologize for any offense caused by the Pilot’s Perspective article in the latest issue of Travel 3Sixty magazine,” said AirAsia executive chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun.

He also defended the author of the column, Capt. Lim Khoy Hing.

“As a monthly contributor, Capt. Lim prepared all of his articles months in advance before the magazine goes to print,” Meranun said.

Twitter users late Friday had condemned the airline for publishing the article, which ended saying, “Pilot training in AirAsia is continuous and very thorough. Rest assured that your captain is well prepared to ensure your plane will never get lost.”

Great advertising until it becomes false…

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Pilot of missing airplane (Flight 8501), Captain Irianto