Authorities have suspended the search for missing AirAsia Flight 8501, which vanished early Sunday morning en route from Indonesia to Singapore.

They will resume search-and-rescue operations Monday morning local time.

The flight, which was carrying 162 people, lost contact with air traffic control over the Java Sea, about an hour before it was scheduled to land.

Indonesia's acting director general of transportation said that the pilot "asked to hinder cloud by turning left and go higher to 34,000 feet" about 11 minutes before the plane lost contact.

There were dense storm clouds in the area at the time of the disappearance. Take a look at the satellite photo below.

There were 155 passengers on board, including 138 adults, 16 children and one infant. Additionally, there were two pilots and five cabin members on the plane.

AirAsia provided a breakdown of the nationalities of those aboard, most of whom are from Indonesia.

There were also passengers from Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and the United Kingdom on the plane.

AirAsia is one of the largest low-cost airlines, and was honored this year as the world's best low-cost airline. Its fleet of aircraft consist entirely of Airbus A320 planes.

Shortly after the news broke of the missing flight, AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes spoke out in a series of tweets, calling this his "worst nightmare."

He pledged to do whatever he can for the next of kin of passengers and crew members.