December 29th, 2014
10:31 AM ET

Families of AirAsia flight passengers wait, hope for news

Surabaya, Indonesia (CNN) - A woman grieving for her brother and his family. Two teenage girls looking for their parents. A woman hoping her fiance is still alive.

They are among the distraught families of passengers and crew onĀ AirAsia Flight QZ8501 who are gathering at airports in the region, hoping that their relatives are safe. The plane carrying 162 people disappeared Sunday morning traveling from Surabaya to Singapore.

Oei Endang Sulsilowati and her daughter arrived at the Juanda international Aiport in Surabaya looking for news of her brother, Oei Jimmy Sentosa Winata, his wife and their 13-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.

"We saw what had happened on the television, and we are coming here to find out what is happening," Sulsilowati said.

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December 29th, 2014
10:28 AM ET

Is weather to blame for disappearance of AirAsia Flight QZ8501?

(CNN) - The passengers and crew aboard AirAsia Flight QZ8501 expected to land in Singapore at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday after a flight of just over two hours.

They departed Juanda International Airport in Indonesia's East Java early that morning, but amid increasingly bad weather, one of the pilots requested to deviate from their planned route, AirAsia said in a statement.

Although little is known about the aircraft's disappearance, the region has been struck by torrential rain. That has some speculating that inclement weather could have played a role in the flight's disappearance

The plane was still traceable about five minutes before it disappeared, according to Indonesian state media. One minute before it lost contact, the pilot requested to raise the plane's flying altitude because of bad weather.

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December 29th, 2014
10:10 AM ET

Burning ferry survivors recount horrifying tale

(CNN) - Seven people have now been confirmed dead after a ferry caught fire in the Adriatic Sea on Sunday, the Italian coast guard said Monday.

The discovery of two more bodies raised the death toll from five, the coast guard said in a post on Twitter.

Earlier it said that all remaining passengers had been evacuated from the vessel, with the boat's commander finally leaving the ship at 2:50 p.m. Monday. The coast guard told CNN it was inspecting the ship and deciding how to transport it - and where.

More than 400 passengers had been traveling on the Norman Atlantic between the Greek port of Igoumenitsa and the Italian port of Ancona when the blaze broke out in the ferry's parking bay.

In the first three hours of the fire, around 150 people were able to escape via the vessel's lifeboats. But when the ferry lost power, the electronic arms were unable to function, leaving the rest of the boats dangling uselessly by its side.

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December 29th, 2014
10:03 AM ET

Was 2014 the worst year for missing planes and air disasters?

(CNN) - MH370. MH17. Air Algerie 5017. And now AirAsia QZ8501.

The disappearance of AirAsia Flight 8501 between Indonesia and Singapore over the weekend caps a bizarre year in aviation, marred by a series of missing planes and air disasters.

But could 2014 be the worst year in recent aviation history?

Yes and no. Depends on how you define "worst."

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