AirAsia QZ8501: Co-pilot was in charge of controls

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 29, 2015

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) has revealed that the co-pilot of the doomed AirAsia jet that crashed into the Java Sea on December 28th was in control, moments before it disappeared from the radar screen on-route from Surabaya to Singapore. All 162 people are onboard were killed while efforts to retrieve the remaining 92 bodies had been called off with investigators citing the still submerged fuselage as to fragile and the fact that it could be empty.

Speaking at a transportation committee hearing yesterday, head NTSC investigator, Mardjono Siswosuwarno, said that information recovered from the Airbus A320-200’s black boxes, showed that French national, Remi Plesel, was charge from take-off until the plane started climbing erratically, before handing control over to the captain.

Siswosuwarno said that the plane’s “stall” warning went off moments later and remained on until the cockpit voice recorder ended shortly before the plane crashed into the ocean.

Last week, Indonesian Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan said that the flight had climbed to a height of 37 600 feat (11 640 metres) before starting a rapid a decent and eventually disappearing after falling below 24 000 feat (7 300 m). Bad weather is believed to have been the cause of the crash although a detailed report is only expected within the next seven months.