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POSTED | 9:55 AM | 29-01-2015

AirAsia co-pilot at the controls when it crashed

The copilot of AirAsia flight QZ8501 was at the helm of the aircraft on Dec 28 when it crashed, the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) preliminary report revealed on Thursday (29 Jan 2015).

The KNKT’s preliminary report states that French national Remi Emmanuel Plesel, who was second-in-command on the plane, was flying the aircraft when it went down in the Java Sea off Pangkalan Bun killing all 162 people on board.

“The captain was monitoring (the co-pilot’s flight),” head investigator Mardjono Siswosuwarno said on Thursday, as quoted by, referring to the captain of the flight, Iryanto.

Mardjono added that the flight crew all possessed valid licenses and medical certificates affirming their health, and that the plane was airworthy and operating on a balanced weight limit.

Prior to the crash, radar in Jakarta detected that the plane was flying at 24,000 feet.

KNKT head Tatang Kurniadi said that it may take up to one year to fully determine the cause of the crash and that the plane’s black boxes were still being analyzed, according to

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