An AirAsia Indonesia flight from Surabaya to Singapore went missing Sunday, local time, and a massive search is underway.
Air traffic controllers lost contact with Flight QZ8501 at 7:24 a.m. Sunday, the airline said on its Facebook page.
The aircraft was on its submitted flight plan route and the pilot asked for permission from air controllers to take the plane to 10,363 meters (34,000 feet) due to weather, Indonesian officials said.
There were storms along the flight path, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.
"It's very active this time of year. December and January are the wettest times of the year in Indonesia," Samuhel said.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with 162 people on board, AirAsia said in a statement.