Indonesia to announce AirAsia crash probe results Nov 25

An Airbus A320-200 taking off.
An Airbus A320-200 taking off.PHOTO: REUTERS

Jakarta (AFP) - Indonesia will announce the results of an investigation into the AirAsia crash last year that killed 162 people on November 25, the committee probing the case said.

The Airbus A320-200 went down in the Java Sea on December 28 in stormy weather during what was supposed to be a short trip from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.

"We plan to announce the report on November 25," Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, said on Saturday.

 

In the preliminary report in January, investigators who went through the black boxes discovered that prior to the crash the jet had climbed fast through large storm clouds and that the stall alarms started going off.

They also revealed that Flight QZ8501's less experienced French co-pilot, Remi Plesel, was flying the plane before it went down, rather than Captain Iriyanto, a former fighter pilot who had around 20,000 hours of flying time.

An investigator at the committee said they finished the final draft of the report and distributed it to several countries for feedback.

Countries which got copies included France, the manufacturer of the aircraft, and the US, which made some of the plane's components.