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Passengers 'Asked to Pray' After Plane Has Engine Trouble

It shook like 'washing machine' for 90 minutes

(Newser) - Passengers on an AirAsia flight out of Australia say they endured 90 minutes of terror Sunday after the plane started shaking like "a washing machine" following a loud bang—and they say the pilot asked them to pray. The Kuala Lumpur-bound flight had to return to Perth after experiencing... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

'Bedlam' After Floating AirAsia Body Shown on TV

Indonesia's TV One has apologized

(Newser) - Indonesia's TV One has apologized after airing footage that only served to compound the grief of relatives of those lost on AirAsia flight QZ8501. After it showed images of a bloated body floating in the sea, relatives who had gathered in Surabaya's Juanda International Airport, where the plane... More »

Smoke Spotted in Hunt for AirAsia Plane

US Navy assigns USS Sampson to join the search

(Newser) - Indonesia has sent out two Cessna jets to investigate reports of smoke coming from an island near where AirAsia Flight 8501 may have crashed, CBS News reports. The smoke was spotted at Belitung Island, notes TVNZ , one of two islands bordering a shipping channel where the flight vanished over shallow... More »

Official: AirAsia Jet 'Probably at Bottom of Sea'

Flight 8501's request to change altitude was denied

(Newser) - The search has resumed for missing AirAsia Flight 8501, but there appears to be no hope of anything but a tragic outcome. "Based on the coordinates given to us and evaluation that the estimated crash position is in the sea, the hypothesis is the plane is at the bottom... More »

Family of 10 Missed Doomed Flight by Minutes

26 people with tickets didn't board Flight 8501

(Newser) - Some 162 passengers and crew are missing and presumed lost on AirAsia Flight 8501 , but the total would be a lot higher if the airline hadn't changed the departure time to two hours earlier than originally scheduled. Christianawati was one of 10 members of an extended family—including her... More »

How Missing AirAsia Flight Differs From MH370

Experts believe disappearance just a tragic coincidence

(Newser) - The disappearance of another jet in Southeast Asia while the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 remains a mystery comes as a shock to the aviation world, but experts stress that the two cases are very different. The New York Times runs through some of the differences with AirAsia Flight... More »

Search Resumes for AirAsia Jet

Plane vanished in shallow Java Sea waters, officials say

(Newser) - As Indonesia resumes its search for AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501 —which vanished today along with 162 passengers on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore—the press is reporting on various angles. Among them:
  • Indonesia's military is sending six ships, two helicopters, and two Hercules aircraft to search a
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Cross-Dressing Branson Pays Lost Bet

Oh, and he shaved his legs

(Newser) - Just another day in the never-normal life of Richard Branson, who today had nothing better to do than shave his legs, smear about two kilos of red lipstick on his face, squeeze into a red skirt, and dump orange juice all over a fellow airline magnate. It was all in... More »

Asian Airline Offers No-Baby 'Quiet Zone'

But don't expect the idea to catch on in the US

(Newser) - An airline that serves Southeast Asia is adding a free perk for long-distance travelers who like their quiet time: AirAsia will keep part of the plane devoid of kids 12 and younger, reports NBC's Overhead Bin blog, which then talked to travel experts in the US to see if... More »

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