AirAsia, Malaysia Air Similarities and Differences

ABC News contributor John Nance discusses the latest flight to go missing in the same region.
3:30 | 12/28/14

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Good afternoon and I'm Mara asked a prompt what ABC news headquarters in New York with a digital report on this Sunday afternoon. Developing it now with the search for another missing plane filled with passengers. Air Asia flight 85 a one lost contact with the control tower in Jakarta today. It was just about forty minutes into the flight from sort of via Indonesia to Singapore when the pilot requested to change a flight plan. Due to bad weather at least 161. People are on board. They're anxious families gathering at sabaya airport in Jakarta waiting for any new information on the missing plane. This comes just nine months after Malaysia flight 37 be banished. And it has still not been found joining us now ABC's aviation contributor John advantage on thank you so much for your time this afternoon. You but you do with him. Now it appears that the pilot in this case was trying to avoid bad weather is it possible but the request to change course simply came too late. Know any pilot any professional pilot is gonna go ahead and do what he or she needs to do even while you're seeking permission that the Europe thorny as a captain. So if they had something righted probable and they didn't get the permission to turner and time they would've turned anyway dual port funders. Or and now we mentioned in Malaysia flight 370 Yvette at disappeared earlier this year how is this particular case different. Well we're not sure head at this point in time of course saw what has gotten everybody upset as a cure is in the Asian area the Malaysian area another airplane has gone missing. But we don't necessarily have many of the same here march is is a much smaller airplane it's more or less domestic you know this wasn't an international flight. This kind of airplanes used possibly for up and down. And and we have no indications that there's any shadow we radar trees go in off in the wrong direction and we have weather and the area that was not a factor in Malaysia 370 shall a lot of similarities similarities are simply the area initial the fact that here's another one that we don't know the fate of nine months as you said after Malaysia's re seventy. Very important distinctions there and you know John this doesn't make you wonder where in this super high tech age where things like you can keep track of everything. How is it possible to lose track of a passenger jet yet again. You don't that was one of the most interesting thing about Malaysia three shall the deed the degree to which the world not just Austin united states of North America but the world really. I had the attitude that we were further towards Star Trek than we were in other words that we do the location of every airplane over the planet at any time. They're 93000. Commercial flights over the planet every day. And unfortunately we don't build location of all of them all the time and it's gonna take several years at best before we hope equipment up to where we know at least worth ten or 151000 of the more. You know as part of the flying public that was certainly new information he has well I thought they were always being tracked John Nance thank you so much for joining us and for that important information. This search for this missing air Asia play resumes in a few hours President Obama has been briefed on the situation. And of course ABC news is monitoring these developments around the clock to get updates on these top stories start them on the ABC news phone apps. County on us we'll have a complete wrap up later on world news and then again on Good Morning America for now I'm Mara skiffle couple in New York have a great day.

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