Drug policy and the death penalty are causing diplomatic disruption in Indonesia this week. Brazil and the Netherlands have both recalled their ambassadors to Jakarta after citizens of those countries were executed over the weekend. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.
Search operations have been suspended for the night for an AirAsia plane with 162 aboard that lost contact with air traffic control after takeoff from Indonesia on a flight to Singapore, the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority reports.
The plane, en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, lost contact about an hour before it was due to arrive in Singapore. It was scheduled to land at 8:30 a.m. Singapore time (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday), Hadi Mustofa, an official with the Indonesian air ministry, said on Indonesia's MetroTV.