Authorities checking reports of missing Air Asia flight crashing in East Pacific Islands
Air Asia flight from Indonesia to Singapore carrying 162 passengers goes missing Reuters

An Air Asia flight with 162 people on board from Indonesia to Singapore has lost contact with aviation authorities and gone missing, suggest multiple reports.

Flight QZ8501, an Airbus 320 aircraft, from the Indonesian city of Surabaya was scheduled to land in Singapore at 8:30am Singapore time.

There were reportedly 155 passengers aboard the plane which lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control.

The Indonesian transport ministry said the plane lost contact at about 06:17 local time (2317 GMT).

The Kuala Lumpur-headquartered Malaysian airlines said in a statement: "At the present time we unfortunately have no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board, but we will keep all parties informed as more information becomes available," adding that search and rescue measures are underway.

Air Asia is a low-cost airline operated across 22 nations in the region.