+++ BREAKING NEWS: WHY WAS TRAGIC AIR ASIA QZ8501 IN THE SKY WHEN AIR ASIA ONLY LICENSED TO FLY THIS ROUTE ON MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND SATURDAY NOT WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY? ALL AIR ASIA FLIGHT SCHEDULES NOW BEING INVESTIGATED BY INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES +++
The wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 has been detected using sonar equipment, but local weather conditions are still too dangerous to send divers down. Two large objects were imaged lying on the ocean bed.
Julian Bray Aviation Operations & Airline Security Expert comments: "It is thought that whilst the pilot was trying to avoid a massive thunderstorm, one of three shown on satellite weather maps, each measuring some 50 km across, he was climbing and turning away at the same time. Only an exposed pitot tube air wind speed indicator possibly iced up, resulting in a much lower air speed reading/instruction being processed. The combination of low speed, turning and ascending would cause the Airbus to possibly flip over backwards as part of an aerodynamic stall, then fall and tumble helplessly resulting in a subsequent hard impact on the rough seas below. Clearly we will all need to wait for the official investigation to take its course, to see if this did in fact happen."
Recovery teams from several countries, and one vessel equipped with a remotely operated underwater vehicle are still on station in the stormy conditions.
They will attempt to capture further images and photographically map the search area to assist and keep safe the diving parties. Henry Bambang Soelistyo, chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency said the items were "big objects" and confirmed that an oil slick was visible on the surface.
The second, found nearby, was 24 feet by a 20 inches. Exceptionally bad weather is almost daily hampering the effort to find wreckage of the Air Asia Airbus A320, and its 162 passengers and crew.It was lost from radar screens, halfway through a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, to Singapore.
In a cruel new twist, it has now been alleged the Air Asia aircraft should not have taken to the sky that Sunday, as the airline had not gained official administrative clearance for the Sunday flights on this route to Singapore, and a separate ministerial enquiry by the Indonesians is now underway. All flights on this route have now been suspended.
A fleet of Vessels, aircraft and helicopters from several countries are conducting a concentrated grid search of the recovery area. Apart from recovering the victims they are also looking for debris, the flight data recorder also the flight deck voice recorder, the so called "Black Boxes" although they are painted bright Orange.
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