AirAsia QZ8501: Pressure change likely caused jet to explode before impact: Official

Two foreign investigators talk near debris from the tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501 during the recovery mission at Panglima Utar Kumai Harbour in Kumai, Central Borneo, Indonesia, on Jan 12, 2015. The AirAsia airliner that crashed two weeks ago in
Two foreign investigators talk near debris from the tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501 during the recovery mission at Panglima Utar Kumai Harbour in Kumai, Central Borneo, Indonesia, on Jan 12, 2015. The AirAsia airliner that crashed two weeks ago in Indonesia likely "experienced an explosion" before hitting the water due to a significant change in air pressure, a senior government official said on Monday. -- PHOTO: EPA

PANGKALAN BUN (REUTERS) - The AirAsia airliner that crashed two weeks ago in Indonesia likely "experienced an explosion" before hitting the water due to a significant change in air pressure, a senior government official said on Monday.

"My analysis is, based on the wreckage found and other findings, the plane experienced an explosion before it hit the water," Supriyadi, operations coordinator at the National Search and Rescue Agency, told reporters.

He said the left side of the plane seemed to have disintegrated, pointing to a change in pressure that could have caused an explosion.

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