Ice may have Caused AirAsia Crash: Indonesia Agency

  • Weather was the “triggering factor” in the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 with icing likely causing engine damage
  • The Airbus A320-200 crashed into the Java Sea on December 28 carrying 162 people from Indonesian city Surabaya to Singapore.
  • Searchers are hunting for the “black box” flight data recorders to determine the cause of the crash.
  • An initial report on the website of Indonesia’s meteorological agency BMKG suggested the weather at the time the plane went down sparked the disaster after it appeared to fly into storm clouds.
  • The report referred to infra-red satellite pictures showing peak cloud temperatures of minus 80 to minus 85 degrees Celsius at the time.
  • The most probable weather phenomenon was icing which can cause engine damage due to a cooling process.
  • This is just one of the possibilities that occurred based on the analysis of existing meteorological data
  • It remained unclear why other planes on similar routes were unaffected by the weather
  • Other analysts said there was not yet enough information to explain the disaster.
  • Former air force commander Chappy Hakim told :It’s irrelevant to make an assumption on the cause of the crash as we haven’t found the black boxes yet.
  • Five major parts of the Airbus A320-200 have now been found off the island of Borneo.
  • But rough weather last week hampered the search, a huge operation assisted by several countries including the United States and Russia.
  • During a momentary respite from bad weather, a team of divers went down to the biggest part of the wreckage 4th  morning and recovered one body.
  • While another team of  three were found floating in the sea, bringing the total number recovered to 34.