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Pilot's Typo Sends Plane on a Very Wrong Path

Flight from Sydney to Malaysia ends up in Melbourne instead

(Newser) - Data entry errors are often harmless enough, unless you happen to be an international pilot punching in your longitude before a flight. Then, they get interesting. As Australia's reports, an AirAsia flight crew learned this lesson when it attempted to fly from Sydney to Malaysia—only to... More »

Rudder Problem Blamed for Deadly AirAsia Crash

Problem was reported 23 times over previous year

(Newser) - A rudder control system problem that had occurred 23 times in the previous 12 months, coupled with the pilots' response, led to last year's crash of an AirAsia plane that killed all 162 people on board, Indonesian investigators said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Committee said an analysis of... More »

What AirAsia Plane's Black Boxes Revealed

Co-pilot was at the helm as stall warnings sounded on Flight 8501

(Newser) - Two planes—one still missing and one found on the seafloor—and two updates:
  • AirAsia Flight 8501 : The cockpit voice recording indicates that the co-pilot, French national Remi Emmanuel Plesel, was flying the plane while Indonesian Capt. Iriyanto was monitoring. An investigator dubbed that "normal practices." Iryanto, who
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Attempt to Salvage AirAsia Fuselage Again Foiled

1 body retrieved; most of remaining believed to still be inside

(Newser) - The second attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner failed today as the wreckage sank back to the ocean floor when a rope linking the lifting balloons broke. Navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir said strong current was the main obstacle. The rope had been fastened and linked to... More »

Indonesia: AirAsia Plane Climbed Like Fighter Jet

It was rising 6K feet per minute, which passenger jets aren't built to do

(Newser) - Initial speculation about what doomed an AirAsia jet appears to have been on the mark: It climbed way too fast and stalled, reports the BBC . Indonesia's transportation minister told parliament today that Flight 8501 was climbing at 6,000 feet per minute before the engines died, which he quickly... More »

Fuselage of AirAsia Plane Discovered

Many victims believed to be inside; photos of plane posted on Facebook

(Newser) - More than two weeks after AirAsia lost contact with Flight 8501 , the plane's fuselage has been found in the Java Sea, the BBC reports. Photos of the body of the plane, taken by a search robot, were posted on the Singaporean defense minister's Facebook page. The company's... More »

Divers Retrieve 2nd AirAsia Black Box

Cockpit voice recorder freed from wreckage

(Newser) - Divers have retrieved the crashed AirAsia plane's second black box from the bottom of the Java Sea, giving investigators the essential tools they need to start piecing together what brought Flight 8501 down. An Indonesian Transportation Ministry official says the trapped cockpit voice recorder was freed from beneath the... More »

AirAsia Black Box Recovered

Divers working to free 2nd recorder from wreckage

(Newser) - Divers retrieved one black box today and located the other from the AirAsia plane that crashed more than two weeks ago, a key development that should help investigators unravel what caused the aircraft to plummet into the Java Sea. The cockpit voice recorder was found hours after officials announced that... More »

AirAsia Searchers Close In on Black Box Pings

At site 2 miles from where tail piece was recovered

(Newser) - Searchers combing the Java Sea for AirAsia wreckage are closing in on pings they're pretty sure are coming from the doomed plane's black boxes. Three Indonesian ships detected two sets of signals, which the AP describes as "intense," about two miles from where divers yesterday found... More »

Divers Raise Tail Section of AirAsia Plane

But no black boxes were inside

(Newser) - A tail section from the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea late last month became the first major wreckage lifted off the ocean floor today, but the all-important black boxes were not found inside. The red metal chunk, with the words "AirAsia" clearly visible across it, was... More »

Divers Spot AirAsia Tail

First confirmed sighting of major wreckage

(Newser) - Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle spotted the tail of the missing AirAsia plane in the Java Sea today in the first confirmed sighting of any major wreckage 11 days after Flight 8501 disappeared with 162 people on board, officials say. Powerful currents and murky water continue to hinder the... More »

Why the AirAsia Wreckage Still Eludes Us

Blame currents, which have led to expanded search area

(Newser) - The hunt for the wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 is now a broader one, reports the BBC , with the head of Indonesia's search-and-rescue agency today announcing that due to strong currents, teams are "adding to and expanding the priority search area." There are dozens of ships and... More »

Quarter of AirAsia Victims From Same Church

Official says jet's tail section has been found

(Newser) - The crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 took a very heavy toll on the Christian minority in Surabaya, Indonesia, with more than a quarter of the 162 presumed dead belonging to the same church congregation. Around 41 members of the Mawar Sharon church were on the plane, and another 10 passengers... More »

3 Bodies Found as Weather Blocks AirAsia Search

Fresh set of woes hits airline

(Newser) - Rough weather again prevented searchers from reaching a large object on the ocean floor believed to be the fuselage of the AirAsia plane that crashed a week ago. Rolling seas stirred up silt and mud, leaving divers with zero visibility, said the chief of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue... More »

4 Big Pieces of Plane Found in AirAsia Search

But divers haven't been able to reach them yet

(Newser) - Search teams in Indonesia may have found the main fuselage of the AirAsia plane where most of the remaining victims and the plane's black boxes are expected to be. Authorities found "four big parts of the plane we're looking for," says the official in charge of... More »

AirAsia Victims Found Strapped in Seats

International team on scene to look for wreckage, black boxes

(Newser) - Though bad weather has been keeping divers from searching for the wreck of AirAsia Flight 8501, the head of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency says "we will focus on underwater detection": An international team outfitted with acoustic equipment arrived today to help search for the black boxes... More »

First AirAsia Crash Victim IDed, Buried

9 bodies have been found so far

(Newser) - A passenger aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 became the first victim of the crash to be returned to her family today, one of many painful reunions to come, as search crews struggled against wind and heavy rain to find more than 150 people still missing. Hayati Lutfiah Hamid's identity was... More »

Data Suggest Plane Climbed Too High, Too Fast

But investigation of AirAsia crash is still in early stages

(Newser) - The investigation into why AirAsia crashed is just getting underway, but Reuters reports that a leading theory based on radar data is emerging: The plane climbed too high, too quickly in a bid to avoid storm clouds, then stalled and went down into the Java Sea. It quotes an anonymous... More »

Sonar Spots AirAsia Wreckage on Seafloor

As bad weather sends wreckage drifting up to 30 miles

(Newser) - A day after debris was first spotted, Indonesian searchers have confirmed that sonar equipment has detected wreckage from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 at the bottom of the sea—though whether the plane is in one piece or broken up remains to be seen, reports CNN . The wreckage was found between 60... More »

Bodies Recovered in AirAsia Search

Debris is from missing plane, Indonesian authorities say

(Newser) - The fate of Flight 8501 now appears to be a tragedy, not a mystery: Indonesian officials say search-and-rescue teams have recovered debris and bodies from the sea around 10 miles from where the AirAsia jet was last heard from on Sunday, in a spot roughly 100 miles from land. The... More »

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