Authorities checking reports of missing Air Asia flight crashing in East Pacific Islands
Authorities are verifying reports of the missing Air Asia flight possibly crashing in the East Pacific IslandsReuters file photo

Air Asia Flight QZ8501, travelling from Indonesia to Singapore, with 161 people on board has gone missing 42 minutes after take off.

According to reports, the flight lost contact with aviation authorities while cruising over Indonesian airspace.

Soon after the plane went missing, the Malaysia-based carrier released a statement regarding the aircraft.

It reads: "The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC, and had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on November 16. The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours."

The missing jet had requested a "deviation" from the flight path due to bad weather, the company said.
There are speculations that the plane might have crashed in the East Pacific Islands.

Earlier this year, Malaysia's national carrier Malaysia Airlines suffered two disasters with flights MH370 and MH17.

People all over the world are shocked over the news of a third plane gone missing within a year.

Here are some tweeter reactions on the missing flight: