Crew member’s haunting tweet

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 28 Desember 2014 | 23.08

The families of passengers aboard the missing AirAsia flight QX 8501 react with shock in Surabaya and Jakarta. Courtesy: TV One Indonesia/ Metro TV

Oscar Desano (centre) is listed as a flight attendant on board the AirAsia flight. Source: DailyTelegraph

A FLIGHT attendant believed missing aboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 posted a number of haunting tweets about doomed MH370 and MH17 earlier this year.

Oscar Desano is listed as a flight attendant on board the AirAsia flight which lost contact with air control between Indonesia and Singapore.

The jet was travelling from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore when it lost contact with an Indonesian air traffic control tower.

There are reportedly 155 passengers and six crew on board Flight QZ8501.

In a post to his Twitter account on Christmas eve, he wrote: "Merry Christmas to all my beautiful friends who celebrate it".

SEARCH IS ON FOR MISSING FLIGHT QZ8501

He wrote on July 18, following the downing of MH17 by a ground-to-air missile: "I feel truly sorry for the loss of MH17 by Malaysia Airlines. It's been 2 big catastrophic event for MAS in 1 year...

"My deep condolences also for the (passengers') family, may all the casualties rest in peace...

"Hope everything will be OK also for the internal company of Malaysia Airlines... Amiiinnn..."

"Pray for Malaysia Airlines flight number MH370 Boeing 777-200 bound for Beijing, who have lost contact…," he wrote on March 8.

The post by Oscar Desano. Source: Supplied

There are emerging reports the plane may have been trying to avoid bad weather at the time it disappeared.

A leaked, and yet unconfirmed air traffic control sheet, shared by pilots on Airlines.Net, showed the A320 continuing to climb through 36,000 feet, but only registering a speed of 353 knots.

"Gives me that feeling of another AF447 ... or something similar at least,'' one pilot suggested, referring to the ill-fated Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, killing 228 passengers.

Other passengers believed to be on board include Indonesian relatives Boby Hartanto Winata and Ingrid Winata.

The first officer aboard missing flight QZ8501 is believed to be decorated French pilot Remi Emmanuel Plesel.

The AirAsia employee, based in Paris, was last year included on the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Airmen Certification Database, according to the Aviation Business Gazette.

The FAA website lists Plesel as a certified private pilot of single engine aircraft.

The wait is on: Family members of passengers of missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 gather at Juanda International airport. AFP Photo Source: AFP

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said the Australian Government is urgently seeking to get more details about the AirAsia flight that has vanished.

Ms Bishop said her office was trying to confirm whether there were any Australians on board.

"We are making inquiries with local authorities and the airline itself to determine the details," she said.

"We are urgently seeking to confirm details of the missing plane."

The passenger manifest of AirAsia flight QZ 8501. Source: Supplied

Sky News quoted Transport Ministry that official Hadi Mustofa said the aircraft lost contact at 6.17am local time.

He said the Airbus A320-200 had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact.

AirAsia QZ8501: A plane similar to the missing one. Source: News Corp Australia

Capt Iriyanto had 6100 flying hours under his belt, while his first officer had accrued 2275 flying hours.

As the wait continues to find out what happened to the flight, one A320 pilot writing on renowned aviation forum Aviation.net confirmed the weather on route was "nasty" but would not be enough to render major structural failure.

"While the weather on the route looks rather nasty, I have always found that the A320 is a really solid aircraft in turbulance. I've flown it through bad winter storms, tropical thunderstorms and all sorts of combined weather and I've never felt that the aircraft was being held together on a hope and a prayer,'' the Canada based pilot said.

An electronic sign board shows information for AirAsia flight QZ8501 bound for Singapore International Airport. Source: AFP

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