The apparent loss of AirAsia Flight 8501, which was en route to Singapore, was the first for the Malaysia-based low-cost airline.
It was also a rare mishap for the French aircraft manufacturer Airbus as its A320 aircraft met a sad end. The A320 remains a plane which has accounted for less than 20 major mishaps since the day it entered service in 1987. It is said to be a tough plane that’s designed to keep pilots and passengers well clear of trouble.
AirAsia was founded in 1996. It remained a struggling government-owned enterprise until it was privatized. Later, run under the leadership of entrepreneur Tony Fernandes in 2001, it appeared as Asia’s premier budget carrier.
The plane that went down was operated by AirAsia’s Indonesia affiliate whereas the AirAsia has previously enjoyed a spotless safety record. AirAsia 8501 vanished “less than an hour after taking off,” according to the Associated Press. There were 162 people on board.
Source: Business Insider