Tuesday, 1 December 2015

AirAsia jet crash which killed all 162 on board was caused by a faulty computer

Faulty equipment and the crew's 'inability to control the aircraft' led an AirAsia Airbus A320 to crash into the Java Sea last year, killing all 162 people on board, a report said today.

Flight QZ8501 went down in stormy weather on December 28 during what was supposed to be a short flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore reports mailonline

The crash of the Airbus A320-200 triggered a huge international search, with ships and aircraft from several nations involved in a lengthy hunt that was hampered by strong currents and bad weather.
The bodies of 56 of the victims were never recovered. 

In their final report into the accident released Tuesday, Indonesia's official National Transportation Safety Committee said a major factor was a fault with a system that helps control the rudder's movement.

According to dailymail cracked soldering in the component caused it to malfunction and send repeated warning messages to the pilots.

When they received the fourth warning, the pilots pulled circuit-breakers on one of the aircraft's computers, removing power from the faulty system in a bid to reset it.

But in doing so, they also turned off the plane's autopilot.
'Subsequent flight crew action resulted in inability to control the aircraft,' said the report.

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