Untrained AirAsia pilots takes blame for 162 passenger deaths (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES)
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A technical malfunction paired with pilot-error on an AirAsia flight bound for Singapore led to a crash-landing in the Java Sea and the deaths of 162 people on board.
AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed into the Java Sea nearly one year ago. Untrained pilots have been blamed for the crash (Adek Berry).
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - AirAsia Flight 8501 was travelling from Indonesia to Singapore on December 28 last year, when the system designed to regulate the plane's rudder malfunctioned due to a cracked solder joint.
The report said, "Subsequent flight crew action resulted in inability to control the aircraft ... causing the aircraft to depart from the normal flight envelope and enter a prolonged stall condition that was beyond the capability of the flight crew to recover."
CNN's aviation correspondent Richard Quest clarified, saying, "it's a series of technical failures, but it's the pilot response that leads to the plane crashing."
AirAsia Flight 8501 victim floats in the Java Sea (EPA).
The pilots of Flight 8501 had not been trained to handle upsets, as the manual provided by the plane's manufacturer claimed an Airbus 320 was designed to prevent it from becoming upset, and therefore recovery training was unnecessary.
Utomo reported AirAsia's requirement for upset recovery training since the incident. Utomo also reported the cockpit voice recorder indicated confusing instructions from the captain to the co-pilot, who was operating the controls.
AirAsia Flight 8501 victims pulled from the Java Sea (Twitter).
In response to the report, Quest said, "A huge amount of training is done on takeoff and landing and traditionally, of course, is 70-80% (of when accidents take place); only 10% takes (place) in the cruise phase of the flight. but if something does happen in the cruise phase of flight, it does typically end up fatal."
AirAsia Flight 8501 victim pulled from Java Sea (Twitter).
It was then that the plane went from 32,000-feet to 37,000 within thirty seconds, which commercial planes are not designed to do.
One analyst told CNN the plane may have been climbing twice as quickly as it should have. Minutes after reaching 37,000 feet, the plane disappeared from radar.
Indonesia's NTSC has since issued recommendations to AirAsia and Airbus, as well as Indonesian, U.S. and European aviation regulatory committees, though exactly what those recommendations are have yet to be revealed.
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