Storm, Ice might have caused AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash, reports

North Gazette News/New Delhi
Storm and icy weather conditions might have caused damage, resulting in the fatal crash of AirAsia flight QZ8501, Indonesia’s meteorological department has said.

As per report of Indonesia’s meteorological department website BMKG, AirAsia flight QZ8501 might crashed due to stormy weather ahead and icy winds might caused damage to jet’s engine.

The Airbus A320-200 of AirAsia flight QZ8501 might have got trapped in stormy winds and the probable weather phenomenon at the location of flight’s last contact location was icing that caused engine damage due to cooling effect.

The claims have been linked with the pilot’s request before takeoff for permission on flying at higher altitude to avoid the storm but the request was not approved on account of other planes flying at the altitude.

Even in his last message, AirAsia flight QZ8501 Captain Iriyanto had sought permission to change course to avoid heavy storm after which all contact was lost.

The multinational search and rescue teams are now trying to recover the wreckage and black boxes of AirAsia flight QZ8501 at the bottom of Java sea after sonar equipment showed the presence of heavy objects at crash site.

#AirAsia QZ8501 flight had lost contact with Air Traffic Controller 42 minutes after taking off from Indonesia to Singapore. There was 162 persons on board including 7 crew personnel and 155 persons were Indonesian national while three were from South Korea and one each from UK, France, Malaysia and Singapore.

Indonesian government had said that no distress signal was received from pilot. Malaysian PM had issued in a statement issued said that it was ready to provide assistance to Indonesia.

AirAsia has set up an emergency line for family or friends of those who may be on board and they can call on phone number +622 129 850 801 for info on missing flight.