AirAsia co-pilot ‘was flying plane’

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Published: Thursday 29th January 2015 by The News Editor

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The co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control of the plane when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded, Indonesian investigators have said.

The Airbus A320-200 crashed into the Java Sea on December 28, halfway from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. All 162 people on board were killed.

The National Transportation Safety Commission’s chief investigator, Marjono Siswosuwarno, said that the cockpit voice recording indicated that the co-pilot, French national Remi Emmanuel Plesel, was flying the plane while the captain was monitoring.

The captain was a former fighter pilot with more than 20,500 flying hours, while less experienced Mr Plesel had about 6,000 hours.

Mr Siswosuwarno said the plane was struggling to recover as stall warnings sounded until the end of the recording.

Published: Thursday 29th January 2015 by The News Editor

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