Investigators examine the tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Kumai, 12 January
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Crashed AirAsia flight 'climbed too fast' before stall

AirAsia flight QZ8501 climbed at six times the normal rate before crashing into the sea off Indonesia, according to the country's transport minister.

The rate of climb is physically impossible for the Airbus plane to achieve under its own power, suggesting that a storm may have lifted it into the air before stalling.

Shortly before the plane went missing, the pilot asked permission to climb to avoid big storm clouds. But he was not given permission immediately, and contact was then lost with the plane.

Richard Westcott reports.

  • 20 Jan 2015
  • From the section Asia
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