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02 December 2015 08:40:24 The Asian Age
Parts of AirAsia Flight 8501 fished out of the Sea (Photo: AP/File) Report by national transport agency says inexperience in flying led to the crash Paris : A new probe into what sent an AirAsia flight plunging into the Java Sea last year, killing all 162 people on board, has pointed the finger at poor pilot training on how to cope with emergencies. The final report from Indonesia's national transport safety agency said an existing fault in the system that controlled the Airbus A320-200's rudder had set off a chain of events that caused the crash. But it was the pilot's decision to reset the system, which turned off the plane's autopilot, and inexperience in flying in such difficult conditions that then sent the aircraft into a sharp roll from which it never recovered. "The flight crew had not been trained for the upset recovery training on Airbus A320," said the report, adding that the plane had gone into a "prolonged stall condition that was beyond the capability of the crew to recover". The report provides the latest clue into what brought down Flight QZ8501 on December 28 last year, during what was supposed to be a routine flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. The bodies of 56 people have never been recovered, despite a huge and lengthy international search involving ships and aircraft from several nations in often stormy seas. Investigators had previously blamed bad weather for bringing down the plane, but the new findings show both poor equipment and inadequate training for emergency situations were to blame. The fault with cracked soldering in part of the plane's rudder system -- which had already caused glitches 23 times in the previous year -- sent repeated warnings to the pilots. The co-pilot was then left to fly as the pilot responded to the fault, but could not cope with the situation, and miscommunication between the pilots as they plunged towards the sea compounded the problem. "It's a scenario that has played out in air accidents in the past," Terence Fan, aviation expert at the Singapore Management University, told AFP. "Pilots are either distracted by a faulty equipment or cannot properly solve the issue and something else is brewing in the background." The loss of Flight QZ8501 was the first major crash for Malaysia-based AirAsia, but analysts said the findings could prove a setback after a successful 13-year run. "This will have a detrimental impact on AirAsia as a whole and it comes at the worst time for the airline given the very poor third quarter numbers that came out last week," said Shukor Yusof, analyst with Malaysia-based Endau Analytics. "AirAsia's image will be dented because the report alleges that they don't maintain their aircraft properly and their cockpit crew responded inadequately to such an incident." Speaking as the report was released, investigator Nurcahyo Utomo said AirAsia pilots were not properly trained on handling Airbus aircraft when they were severely destabilised as it was not recommended by the manufacturer. But the former head of France's aviation authority, the BEA, which governs France-based Airbus, said AirAsia had not followed the agency's rules on training. The BEA set new regulations for pilots after an Air France flight between Rio and Paris was lost in the Atlantic Ocean in 2009, under similar circumstances to the AirAsia flight. "Several recommendations of the (BEA) on the subject of pilot training were clearly not implemented by this aviation company," former BEA director Jean-Paul Troadec told AFP. Gerry Soejatman, an aviation consultant with Jakarta-based consultancy CommunicAvia, said both the AirAsia crash and AF447 had happened after a technical problem followed by the plane stalling. "It's all in the manual, but we still have these two cases where the pilot did not do the right thing in stall recovery," he told AFP. "It's likely that they did not realise they were in a stall or did not have adequate training in how to exit from a very severe stall at high altitude."
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14 October 2015 10:14:59 WN.com - Europe News
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The latest news on the report into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine last year. All times local. 9:55 p.m. Geoffrey Robertson, a former United Nations war crimes judge, said the Dutch Safety Board report on MH-17 is important because it refutes Russian "lies and propaganda" claiming the Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down by a Ukrainian plane, not by a missile. But he said the families of the victims still don't know what the next step will be in their quest for justice. He says "the families must wait until the Dutch criminal report, which is due at Christmas or shortly afterward, which would try to identify those criminally...
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07 August 2015 00:14:52 Intellasia East Asia News
Intellasia East Asia News Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said early this morning that family members of passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which is now confirmed to have crashed, have already been informed of the latest development. This follows prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s announcement that the aircraft debris, the flaperon which washed up on the shores
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06 August 2015 23:55:04 Intellasia East Asia News
Intellasia East Asia News The latest on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (all times local): 1 p.m. China’s Foreign Ministry has reacted to Malaysia’s confirmation by saying that the result points to a conclusion that the flight crashed. The statement by spokeswoman Hua Chunying went on to express sorrow for the passengers and deep sympathy for their families,
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24 March 2015 21:39:14 WN.com - Europe News
Just over a year after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean without making a distress call, the aviation world faced a new mystery Tuesday: the crash of a Germanwings jetliner in the French Alps with 150 passengers and crew members aboard. Germanwings A320 crashes in French Alps Sebastien Nogier / European Pressphoto Agency Emergency vehicles wait in Seyne les Alpes, France, on Tuesday near the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320. (Sebastien Nogier / European Pressphoto Agency) But European investigators should have a far easier time unraveling the Germanwings mystery, after quickly finding the wreckage and recovering the recorders from the Airbus A320....
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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Victims’ Relatives Flies to Malaysia to Find Answers; Plane Crash Affects Country’s Travel, Tourism Growth
13 February 2015 00:12:14 Intellasia East Asia News
Almost one year and we still haven’t found any vital clues on what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. We have gathered the latest updates regarding the incident. The latest news is that the families of the passengers from the missing aircraft will be going to Malaysia in order to find answers. If you can
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23 July 2014 16:25:50 WN.com - World News
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20 July 2014 11:13:31 timesofmalta.com
The Ukraine government and the pro-Russia separatists who control the site of the Malaysian plane crash have reached a preliminary agreement to remove the bodies of the victims, a senior Ukrainian official said. News reports of how the bodies have been decaying for days in the summer sun have ignited outrage worldwide, especially from Holland, home to over half the 298 victims. Ukraine's emergency officials said today that 196 bodies have been recovered in an operation involving nearly 300 volunteers and rebels. Ukraine and the separatists accuse each other of firing a surface-to-air missile at Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur some 33,000ft above the battlefields of eastern Ukraine. Both deny the charge. The US has pointed blame at the separatists, saying Washington believes the jet was probably downed by an SA-11 missile from rebel-held territory and "we cannot rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel". The latest US intelligence assessment suggests that more than one missile system was given to the separatists by the Russians in the last week or so. But both Russia and the rebels vehemently deny any role in downing...
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