Pilot of Air Asia’s flight was not at controls during trouble


Jakarta: Investigators, probing the crash of Air Asia’s flight QZ 8501 on Thursday revealed that the Pilot of the ill fated flight was not at the controls of the flight minutes before the crash.

Preliminary investigations reported that the co-pilot of the flight was controlling the plane and the pilot was monitoring the flight from his cockpit’s left seat.

The Airbus A320-200, flying at 32,000 feet, rapidly ascended an additional 5,000 feet in just 30 seconds — extremely unusual for a commercial aircraft and then fell into the sea, senior air safety investigator for Indonesia National Transportation Safety Committee Ertata Lananggalih said.

The plane had disappeared from the radar at a height of 24000 feet and fell slowly and hit the water after three minutes.

However, it was not known whether the accident was a result of the captain not being at the controls of the plane when it fell into trouble.

There have been speculations that the co-pilot’s inexperience had led to the crash.

The transportation safety committee has sent its preliminary report to the International Civil Aviation Organization.