China is deeply worried about the safety of the passengers and crew and offers condolences to their families. We are closely monitoring developments in missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement.
    
An AirAsia passenger plane with 155 people on board lost contact with ground control today after departing from Surabaya in Indonesia on its way to Singapore.
    
A transport official said Flight QZ8501 lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control just after 07:24am local time. The plane took off from Surabaya (Indonesia) at 5.20 am local time and was scheduled to land at Singapore's Changi Airport at 8.30 am.

No Chinese citizens have been found aboard the plane, the statement said. China was affected by the aviation incident involving a Malaysian airline earlier this year, when flight MH370, en-route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished on March 8.
    
Chinese passengers accounted for about two-thirds of the 239 people on board the plane.

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