AirAsia flight QZ8501: too early to detect 'pings'

THE search will resume this morning for an AirAsia flight that went missing while travelling from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore yesterday with 162 people on board.

Indonesian officials remained hopeful of locating the Airbus 320-200 quickly but said it was too early to detect any of the electronic "pings" from the jet's black box recorder.

More than 100 distraught relatives of passengers aboard missing flight QZ8501 spent the night hunkered down at a makeshift crisis centre at Surabaya airport in East Java, waiting anxiously for news.

AirAsia Malaysia chief Tony Fernandes was at the airport himself trying to comfort the families, but the airline could offer little besides food, a hotel for the night and assurances that all was being done to find the lost plane.

More on this at ABC News

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