AirAsia pilot's body found still strapped to seat

2015-02-07 08:49
Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 is lifted into a ship at sea south of Borneo island. (STR, AFP)

Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 is lifted into a ship at sea south of Borneo island. (STR, AFP)

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Jakarta - Indonesian divers have retrieved the body of one of the pilots of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea in December with 162 people on board, the search operation chief said on Saturday.

The body was found in the cockpit on Friday still strapped to the seat, but it was not yet clear if it was that of the Indonesian captain or the French co-pilot, Bambang Sulistyo said.

He said divers would try on Saturday to retrieve the body of the second pilot, believed to be still in the cockpit.

A total of 93 bodies have been found so far, he said.

AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501 was en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore when it crashed into the sea on 28 December.

Investigators said in January that the plane was being flown by the French co-pilot when it went down.

They said the plane climbed abnormally, from 9 700m to 11 200m (32 000 feet to 37 000 feet) in just 30 seconds, causing an aerodynamic stall before crashing.

The normal climb rate is 300m - 600m per minute.

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