The Jakarta Post
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.
'It 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
'The 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 )( +++ )