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AirAsia flight QZ8501 climbed 6000 ft per minute before crashing

  • Nadya Natahadibrata

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, January 20, 2015 | 08:24 pm

Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan said on Tuesday AirAsia flight QZ8501 climbed at a speed of 6,000 feet per minute, faster than a fighter jet, seconds before it crashed into the Karimata Strait.

'€œIt is unlikely that a fighter jet would increase its flight level at a speed of 6,000 feet per minute,'€ Jonan said during a hearing with House of Representatives Commission V overseeing transportation and infrastructure, regarding the AirAsia accident

'€œThe average speed of a commercial aircraft is probably between 1,000 and 2,000 feet per minute, because the aircraft is not designed to soar so fast,'€ the minister continued.

The Airbus A320-300 crashed on Dec. 28, 2014, killing all 162 passengers and crew on board. (nvn)(+++)