Retired pilot Datuk Jalil Mat Dom said the weather could be violent during this time of year, The Star reported today. He said thunderstorms in the region could be quite intense and that pilots could ask for a change in their flight plans.
What is AirAsia? AirAsia is a low-cost airline based in Malaysia that primarily serves Southeast Asia and its surrounding regions. The airline began small–the airline had two planes when current management took over in 2001–but has grown rapidly and is considered an important player for air travel in the region. AirAsia now flies to 88 destinations.
ONE issue most modern capitalist economies face is an overly competitive society, with distinct winners and losers in the economic battle. Economic theory, founded on the principle of utilitarianism, states that society will eventually benefit from growth and creative destruction.
The statistics underscore a year of tragic contrasts dominated by two Malaysian catastrophes and a handful of weather-related incidents, yet a record-low number of crashes. Even before an Indonesia AirAsia Airbus 320 jet with 162 people on board went missing in bad weather on Sunday between Surabaya and Singapore, some 762 people had lost their lives in seven fatal accidents this year.
The AirAsia plane which went missing with 162 people on board en route for Singapore is likely at the bottom of the sea, Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency chief said today. "Based on the coordinates given to us and evaluation that the estimated crash position is in the sea, the hypothesis is the plane is at the bottom of the sea," Bambang Soelistyo told a press conference. "That's the preliminary suspicion and it can develop based on the evaluation of the result of our search."
An Air Asia flight from Penang to Langkawi today had to turn back after 10 minutes due to a technical problem. A Penang International Airport spokesman said AirAsia flight AK6242, which departed at 4.30pm, was supposed to land in Langkawi at 5.05 pm.
ON DAYS off from his job as a construction site supervisor, Mr Vijayakumar Nagarajan, 31, likes visiting East Coast Park to relax. But yesterday, the S-Pass holder from Tamil Nadu was there to help clean it up instead.
MORE public buses will get closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to clamp down on motorists blocking their way, as part of enhanced measures to cut waiting and travelling time for bus commuters. While the Land Transport Authority (LTA) could not say how many more it will be installing, it said that since May, around 300 more buses have been equipped with the cameras which can continuously monitor the roads.
For those who have placed the blame for slow wage growth squarely on cheap imported labour, this year’s headline figures in manpower would have been sobering. Despite sharp pullbacks in manpower inflows in the past few years — to the extent that the percentage of vacancies being filled by Singaporeans rather than foreigners this year hit its highest level since 2011 — average pay cheques, after adjusting for inflation, grew by only 0.4 per cent amid tight labour market conditions.
Singapore has offered military planes and vessels to assist in the search-and-locate operation for the missing Singapore-bound AirAsia flight. One C-130 plane from the Republic of Singapore Air Force was deployed yesterday afternoon after the Indonesian authorities accepted Singapore’s offer of assistance. It took off at around 5pm and arrived in the search area at around 6.30pm. It searched for two hours before the Indonesian authorities suspended operations for the day and departed the search area. Two C-130 planes will continue the operation today.