Missing AirAsia Jet: Second Missing Plane This Year 'Disheartening'

PHOTO: A relative of the passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8501 weeps as she waits for the latest news on the missing jetliner at a crisis center set up by local authority at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Dec. 28, 2014. PlayTrisnadi/AP Photo
WATCH AirAsia Flight 8501 Disappears

It's "disheartening" that a second passenger airliner seemingly disappeared this year, as the searches for AirAsia Indonesia flight 8501 and Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continue, said ABC News consultant Col. Stephen Ganyard.

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Ganyard said no consensus was made about better tracking planes despite lots of discussion after flight MH370 vanished in March.

"It’s really disheartening," he said.

AirAsia flight 8501 on Sunday lost contact with air traffic control while en route to Singapore shortly after the pilot asked to divert the flight because of poor weather conditions.

"This is a good airplane. It’s designed to go through weather," said Ganyard. "We’re looking for clues and at this point there are very few clues."

PHOTO: Indonesian Air Force officials show AirAsia Flight 8501 debris during a press conference at the airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia, Dec. 30, 2014.
SLIDESHOW: Wreckage From AirAsia Plane Found

Ganyard said there's a "pretty good chance" the plane will be found.

"If the airplane lost control, there should be some [radar] hits [at] lower [altitudes]," he said.

Ganyard added that the Java Sea, where the plane last contacted air traffic control, is very shallow but called the plane's disappearance "baffling."

"It just shouldn’t happen in this day and age," he said.

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