AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Crashed Due to Ascending Too FastIncidents | January 21, 2015, Wednesday // 12:57| views
Indonesian national search and rescue agency`s (BASARNAS) members prepare the lifting bags for recovery of the fuselage of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 at Panglima Utar Kumai Harbour in Kumai, Central Borneo, Indonesia, 21 January 2015. Photo: EPA
Indonesia's Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan announced on Tuesday that the crashed AirAsia plane climbed too fast before stalling.
According to Jonan, the jet ascended at a speed of 1828 metres per minute, which neither a passenger nor a military plane would attempt to climb so fast, the BBC reports.
AirAsia flight QZ8501 was flying from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board when it disappeared above the Java Sea on 28 December 2014.
It is believed that the plane encountered a storm, which necessitated its climb to a higher altitude.
Both black boxes of the plane were found last week, but so far only 53 bodies have been retrieved from the area of the crash.
The fuselage, which is believed to contain the remaining bodies, has also been located and search teams are working on its recovery from the sea.
Investigators have already dismissed terrorism as a possible cause of the incident.
It emerged that the plane was not granted permission to climb to the altitude it had requested straight away.
The preliminary report on the crash is expected to be released on January 28.
In order to prevent further accidents, Indonesia has proposed the enhancement of aviation safety standards.
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