Air Asia: Report Won’t Include Black Box Data

asiaAn Indonesian investigator said on Tuesday that the prior report into last month’s crash of an Air Asia passenger jet that killed 162 people will exempt analysis of the black box flight recorders.

The National Transportation Safety Committee will submit its findings this week to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on Air Asia’s first crash.

The Airbus AIR.PA A320-200 vanished from radar screens on December 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-biggest city, to Singapore. There were no survivors.

A multinational search and recovery operation have recovered 70 bodies and hopes to find more after locating the fuselage of the plane. But days of rough weather and poor underwater visibility have hampered navy divers’ efforts.

NTSC investigator Suryanto said that the report which the ICAO requires within 30 days after the accident, would include “information on the plane, the number of passengers and other necessary information.”

It would not include analysis from the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder, found by divers beneath Java Sea.

Information from radar and the aircraft’s two “black box” flight recorders provides a clearer view of what occurred during the final minutes of Flight QZ8501.

Transport Minister, Ignasius Jonan, told a parliamentary hearing last week that, the plane had climbed faster than normal in its final minutes, and then stalled, based on radar data.

NTSC head Tatang Kurniadi said, the NTSC will hold an annual media conference this week to deliberate on the agency’s achievements over the past year. The agency is not expected to discuss details of  its investment into the Air Asia crash.

AirAsia: More Bodies, Plane Parts Found On 8th Day Of Search

AirAsiaFour more bodies and some plane parts have been found as the search for AirAsia Flight QZ8501 entered its eighth day.

Remains of the 162 victims aboard the ill-fated flight, as well as wreckage of the aircraft have been retrieved from the Java Sea.

At least four more bodies were recovered on Sunday, taking the count to 34.

The remains were transferred by helicopter to the processing center in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, to the north of the search area.

The developments come as Indonesian officials announced that they had identified three more bodies — two female passengers and a male flight attendant.

Also, additional wreckage was spotted overnight, measuring almost 10 meters (33 ft) by one meter (3.3ft).

However, family members of the victims have continued to wait for news of their loved ones and according to CNN, AirAsia has offered an initial $24,000 financial compensation for each family member that was on the plane.

Several family members told CNN on Sunday that families of those on board the plane were presented with a draft letter from AirAsia outlining details of preliminary compensation.

The letter states that families are entitled to about $24,000 for each family member that was on the plane.
Some families have signed the letter while others requested revisions to the wording.

This compensation money is for any “financial hardships” during this period of the search, and in the letter AirAsia stressed that it was not a confirmation that their family members were deceased.