New in the disaster AirAsia. The Indonesian commander of the Air of the Asian company that crashed into the Java Sea on December 28, making 162 victims, had left his post and was conducting an unusual action when his French co-driver apparently lost control. When he returned, it was too late, said two people familiar with the investigation.
The maintenance problems are the cause of the Crash , according to the information that appears last moments of QZ8501 flight. The aircraft, an Airbus A320 had problems like this for over a week on a major flight computer. According to a person familiar with the matter, the commander flew on the same plane with the sometimes defective unit a few days before the tragedy. AirAsia has decided not to comment until the investigation of the Indonesian Commission for the Transportation Safety (NTSC) is underway.
The maintenance issues at the heart of the investigation
Reuters reported this week that the problems Maintenance on a computer, the Flight Augmentation Computer (FAC) and how the pilots responded were the focus of the investigation. After attempting to reset this unit, the pilots off the power by operating a switch, Bloomberg reported Friday. This is the Indonesian captain, Iriyanto, who took such action, indicating does one source close to the case, not his co-pilot, the French Remy Plesel, less experienced, who was piloting.
failure has probably not directly destabilized the plane but removed the protection of the flight envelope, intended to prevent the pilot to maneuvers that would force the plane to go beyond its safe limits. Everything suggests that the first officer had run the device manually in delicate high altitude conditions. The family of the officer filed a complaint against the company in Paris for endangering others. According to their lawyer, “the real problem” is tha t Air Asia had no permit to fly on the day of the crash.