AirAsia crash: Preliminary report filed, won’t be made public

2015-01-28 07:03

Indonesian investigators have submitted a preliminary report on last month’s crash of an AirAsia plane to the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

“It has been sent to the civil aviation organisation but won’t be made public,” Nurcahyo Utomo of the National Transport Safety Committee said today.

The organisation requires a preliminary report within 30 days after an air accident, he said.

The report contains general information, such as the number of passengers and details on the aircraft, but not an analysis of data from the flight recorders, he said.

Flight QZ8501 was en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore when it crashed into the Java Sea on December 28, killing all 162 people on board.

Only 70 bodies have been found.

The National Search and Rescue Agency was expected to announce today the future of the operation to recover bodies and aircraft wreckage, after teams failed to raise the broken pieces of the fuselage.

The military said yesterday it was ending the search and pulling out its personnel.

“The fuselage is no longer intact and it’s fragile like crackers after a month in the sea, so it’s very difficult to lift it,” armed forces chief General Moeldoko said.

Many divers had to be hospitalised for serious decompression sickness after spending days in the sea, the military said.

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