Monday, 16 February 2015

Probe into AirAsia Flight QZ8501

Bodies of two pilots found in cockpit, one retrieved
In this Feb 2, 2015 photo, Indonesian divers and rescue personnel from the National Search and Rescue Agency recover a body from the underwater wreckage of the ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the Java sea. -- PHOTO: AFP

 Indonesia's search and rescue agency Basarnas has found the bodies of the two pilots of the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501, it told AFP on Friday, according to the local news media.

Baasarnas chief Bambang Soelistyo said the plane cockpit was found 20m from where the fuselage was located, and the bodies of the pilots were inside, still wearing uniforms and strapped to their seats, reported news portal Detik.com.

"The cockpit has been found but it no longer intact. Then, one pilot's body has been evacuated to our ship KN Pacitan," Detik.com quoted him as saying.

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AirAsia captain's behaviour was 'very unusual' prior to crash that killed 162
He left his co-pilot in charge but arrived back at his seat too late to save the plane

The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea off Indonesia in December was out of his seat conducting an unusual procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control.

By the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people close to the investigation told news agency Reuters.

They said that investigators were examining the Flight Augmentation Computer (FAC) recovered from the Airbus A320, and that the captain had taken the “very unusual” step of disabling the system.

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AirAsia captain left seat before plan lost control: Sources

The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said.

Details emerging of the final moments of Flight QZ8501 are likely to focus attention partly on maintenance, procedures and training, though Indonesian officials have stressed publicly that it is too early to draw any firm conclusions. The Airbus A320 jet plunged into the Java Sea while en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore on Dec. 28, killing all 162 people on board.

It had been suffering maintenance faults with a key flight control computer for over a week, and one person familiar with the matter said the captain had flown on the same plane with the intermittently faulty device just days before the crash.

related: All the stories on the AirAsia crash

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Co-pilot was at helm when plane took steep climb
The tail of AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane is seen on the deck of the Indonesian Search and Rescue (BASARNAS) ship. The agency will continue to look for the wreckage and bodies on Saturday

Investigations into the crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 indicate that the co-pilot with much less experience than the captain was at the controls before the plane went into a dangerously fast climb and crashed into the Java Sea.

First Officer Rémi-Emmanuel Plesel, a French national, had about 2,200 flight hours over roughly three years flying for AirAsia. In comparison, Captain Iriyanto, a former fighter pilot, had nearly 10 times that many total hours in his logbook.

The flight-data recorder indicates the first officer's control stick pulled the plane's nose up, sources in the investigation team told Wall Street Journal.

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Doomed plane was being flown by first officer and NOT captain when it crashed
Horror: Many families are still waiting for their loved ones' bodies to be found

Doomed AirAsia Flight QZ8501 was being flown by the first officer and not the captain when it crashed killing all 162 passengers and crew on board, an investigation has found.

The jet's flight data recorder, also known as the black box, was recovered and it has provided a "pretty clear picture" of what happened during the plane's final moments, Indonesia's chief investigator said.

Mardjono Siswosuwarno, head investigator for the National Transportation Safety Committee, said the jet was in sound condition and that all of the crew on board had been properly certified.

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First officer was at controls when jet crashed, lead investigator says
Data from the black box flight recorder has provided a "pretty clear picture" of what happened when AirAsia flight QZ8501 went down. (Reuters: Antara Photo Agency)

The French first officer of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the sea last month was at the controls just prior to the accident, Indonesia's lead investigator has said.

Data from the black box flight recorder has provided the accident probe with a "pretty clear picture" of what happened in the last moments of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, but officials offered few details.

The Airbus A320 vanished from radar screens in bad weather on December 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore. All 162 people on board were killed.

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Pilot was not in control of doomed flight before crash
AirAsia QZ8501 was not being flown by captain when it crashed in to Java Sea

Fresh light has been shed on the Air Asia QZ8501 disaster, suggesting the captain of the craft was not at the controls of the plane when it plummeted in to the Java Sea.

Information gleaned from the black box recorders suggested the AirAsia flight was being piloted by co-pilot Remi Plesel, a French national.

A total of 162 people were killed when the plane plummeted from the sky last month. Only 70 bodies have been recovered.

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KNKT reveal preliminary findings in AirAsia QZ8501 investigation

The National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) revealed in Jakarta on Thursday a number of findings that were crucial in the preliminary investigation in to the crash of AirAsia flight QZ8501, which killed all 162 people on board.

KNKT senior investigator Mardjono Siswosuwarno said the ill-fated Airbus A320-200 plane’s flight data recorder (FDR) had 1,200 parameters that could be used to investigate the crash.

“But, [analyzing the data from] 34 parameters is enough. We do not need to analyze all 1,200 parameters,” Mardjono told the press on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.

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Fishermen discover two bodies and luggage from doomed AirAsia flight 1,000km from the search zone
Indonesian rescue personnel unload a coffin of a passenger who had been aboard the AirAsia QZ8501 flight. Two more bodies were found by fisherman 1000km from the crash zone

Local fisherman have found two bodies and a passenger's bag 1,000km from the AirAsia QZ8501 crash zone, while the Indonesia search and rescue agency temporarily suspended the Java Sea search for missing victims.

An AirAsia statement said that local fishermen in West Sulawesi located two remains in the sea near Majene which are suspected to be that of QZ 8501 passengers.

The remains are being taken to Makassar and will be transported to Surabaya for identification purposes. The fishermen also located a bag in the proximity of the area where the bodies were found – approximately 1,000 kilometres from the aircraft’s lost contact point – that is suspected to belong to one of the passengers.

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Full Coverage:
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Bodies of two pilots found in cockpit
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Body retrieved may be that of French co-pilot

Channel News Asia: One AirAsia QZ8501 pilot's body recovered
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Search ops expanded to Central Sulawesi
Independent: AirAsia flight QZ8501: 'No evidence' yet to suggest pilot left seat
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Plane's emergency locator transmitter, 7 more
The Week UK: AirAsia QZ8501: pilots 'turned off critical computer system'
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Captain left seat before jet lost control, say
Channel News Asia: AirAsia QZ8501's alarms 'screaming' before crash: Investigator
Telegraph.co.uk: AirAsia QZ8501: Indonesian divers to raise fuselage 'by Friday'
AsiaOne: Fresh from AirAsia QZ8501 deployment, RSAF helos take part in Air
Channel News Asia: No sign so far of terrorism, pilot suicide: crash investigators
BBC News: AirAsia flight QZ8501 'climbed too fast'
Channel News Asia: QZ8501 co-pilot at controls when plane crashed: Investigator
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: First officer was flying plane before it crashed
Channel News Asia: QZ8501: Death Divers on bringing the bodies home
Mirror.co.uk: Tragic AirAsia Flight QZ8501 'exploded' before it crashed into the sea

ABC Online: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Indonesian search crews find seven bodies
Star Online: AirAsia QZ8501: Plane's emergency locator transmitter found
Independent: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Captain's behaviour 'very unusual' prior to
Mirror.co.uk: AirAsia Flight QZ8501: Pilot of doomed jet was 'out of his seat
SCMP: AirAsia QZ8501 pilots cut power to airplane's 'safety' computer
ABC Online: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Captain left seat before jet lost control, reports
Channel News Asia: Six more QZ8501 crash victims found: Indonesian official
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Plane's emergency locator transmitter, 7 more
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Captain left seat before jet lost control
Channel News Asia: Captain of QZ8501 'out of his seat' before plane lost control
Channel News Asia: QZ8501: Indonesia resumes search for crash victims
Straits Times: AirAsia QZ8501: Indonesia resumes search for victims after break
Channel News Asia: QZ8501 co-pilot at controls when plane crashed: Investigator
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: First officer was flying plane before it crashed
Telegraph.co.uk: Operation to lift AirAsia QZ8501 from seabed fails as rope snaps
Channel News Asia: QZ8501 co-pilot likely at helm before crash: Report
Channel News Asia: LIVE BLOG: AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash, Day 13
The New Paper: Leaked: Communication between AirAsia flight QZ8501 and Air
TODAYonline: Live updates: Day 9 (Jan 5) The search for AirAsia Flight QZ8501
Channel News Asia: LIVE BLOG: AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash, Day 11
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Indonesia struggles to retrieve plane fuselage
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Plane's emergency locator transmitter, 7 more
The Star Online: AirAsia QZ8501: Plane's emergency locator transmitter found
ABC Online: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Indonesian search crews find seven bodies
The Malaysian Insider: 6 more QZ8501 victims found after search operation resumes
Straits Times: AirAsia QZ8501: First officer was flying plane before it crashed
Mirror.co.uk: AirAsia Flight QZ8501: Doomed plane was being flown by first officer
Jakarta Pos: KNKT reveal preliminary findings in AirAsia QZ8501
ABC Online: Air Asia flight QZ8501: First officer was at controls when jet crashed
Daily Mail: Fishermen discover two bodies and luggage from AirAsia flight

CNN: Indonesian military stops search and recovery for remains of AirAsia
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Co-pilot was likely at helm before crash, says
AsiaOne: AirAsia QZ8501: First officer flying jet at time of crash
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Probe vets possible computer glitch, crew
Telegraph.co.uk: Operation to lift AirAsia QZ8501 from seabed fails as rope snaps
BBC News: AirAsia QZ8501: Fresh bid to raise fuselage fails
Int Biz Times: AirAsia QZ8501: Pilot was not in control of doomed flight before crash
India.com: Co-pilot at controls when AirAsia plane QZ8501 crashed: Investigator
Star Online: AirAsia QZ8501: Search will continue despite armed forces
Straits Times: AirAsia flight QZ8501: Indonesia's Basarnas says to continue search
The Inquisitr: AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Update: Up To 90 Passengers' Bodies



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