AirAsia QZ8501: Faulty component and crew action blamed for crash

BY CHARL BOSCH - DECEMBER 1, 2015

Indonesian air crash investigators have attributed the downing of an Air Asia jet nearly a year ago, to a faulty component as well as the crew’s actions in resolving the eventual deadly crash.

A reported 162 people on-board were killed when Flight QZ8501 crashed into the Java Sea on December 28th, a mere 40 minutes after taking off from Surabya International Airport on-route to Singapore.

According to reports, a solder on the system that controls the rear rudder of the Airbus A320-200, failed four times during the plane’s ill-fated flight, causing the crew to remove the circuit breakers in an attempt to reset the controls.

It was however discovered that this action turned the autopilot off, resulting in a lack of control as the plane stalled before plummeting from 37 400 feet (11 460 m) to below 24 000 feat (7 300 m) where it disappeared from radar.

The findings also confirmed previous reports that French co-pilot, Remi Plesel, was in charge of the plane at the time of accident, while initial speculation that bad weather played a part in the accident, was officially ruled out.

Thus far, only a total of 106 bodies had been recovered from the crash scene.