Jakarta, Jan 2: The doomed AirAsia Flight QZ8501 that crashed into Jave Sea on Sunday, Dec 28 after losing contact with radar reportedly took 'unbelievably steep climb' before it was doomed, the latest reports said.
According to The Independent report, the Radar data showed that the aircraft made an 'unbelievably steep climb' before it crashed, possibly pushing it beyond the Airbus A320's limits. [May take a week to recover AirAsia jet black box]
A source familiar with the investigation's initial findings was quoted saying as, "So far, the numbers taken by the radar are unbelievably high. This rate of climb is very high, too high. It appears to be beyond the performance envelope of the aircraft."
Two veteran pilots told Reuters that, if accurate, the image and information released so far pointed to the fact that the aircraft may have climbed suddenly and then lost speed.
One of the pilots also said that other aircrafts in the same area were flying over higher altitudes.
Meanwhile, the black box, which is crucial to solve the mystery surrounding the crash, has not been recovered yet and it may take a week to be found.
Rescue Operation team has been racing against time and weather to recover bodies and plane wreckage in the Java Sea.
The aircraft would also have to be discovered first before the flight recorder can be retrieved, he said, suggesting there was still doubt over the plane's exact location in the sea.
High-end equipments deployed to locate AirAsia jet
An international team equipped with acoustic equipment today arrived at the suspected crash site of the AirAsia jet in search for the plane's flight recorders as search crews recovered seven more bodies from the choppy waters of the Java Sea.
With the recovery of more bodies, the rescue agency narrowed the area of search. Rear Marshal Henry Bambang Soelistyo, head of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency, said bad weather was a worry, with forecasts of rain, strong winds and high waves up to four metres till Sunday.
He said that wreckage and bodies are spread over an area of 5km of the Java Sea off Borneo. The search was now focusing on an area of 1,575 nautical square miles of the Java Sea off Borneo, he told reporters.
The Frog Troops will dive to the bed of the Java Sea as the joint Search and Rescue (SAR) operation team believes that many of the passengers are still strapped into their seats in the plane wreckage.
"Divers are already on standby at the navy ship Banda Aceh to dive on that priority area to locate the body of the plane," he said.
"I hope we'll get a significant result today." "We will focus on underwater detection," said Soelistyo, adding that ships from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the US had been on the scene.
Over 90 vessels and aircraft involved in the search and rescue operation, said AirAsia. Bodies of 16 out of the 162 people have been recovered so far.
(With Agency inputs)