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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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AirAsia Jet Missing With 162 Aboard

Plane was believed to be over the Java Sea

(Newser) - An AirAsia plane with 162 people on board lost contact with ground control today while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from Indonesia for Singapore, initiating a massive search for the third possible aviation disaster to affect the region this year. AirAsia, a regional low-cost carrier based in... More »

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