AirAsia Plane Crash: Faulty Equipment Major Factor That Crashed Plane

AirAsia Plane Crash: Faulty Equipment Major Factor That Crashed Plane
A plane right over your head Dave Heuts / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Faulty equipment has been found to be the major reason for the crash of an AirAsia flight last December, which killed all of its 162 passengers on board.


The Airbus A320-200 was traveling from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore when it crashed into the Java Sea on December 28 last year.

The system regulating the plane’s rudder movement was working ineffectively because of a crash solder joint, as reported by CNN. It had malfunctioned as many as 23 times in the year before the crash. In a report, Indonesia’s National Transport Safety Committee (NTSC) said that the intervals between the malfunctioning had become shorter in the last three months. “Subsequent flight crew action resulted in inability to control the aircraft … causing the aircraft to depart from the normal flight envelope and enter a prolonged stall condition that was beyond the capability of the flight crew to recover,” the report said.

The report sheds light on how future accidents can be avoided. AirAsia Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said, “There is much to be learned here for AirAsia, the manufacturer and the aviation industry. We will not leave any stone unturned to make sure the industry learns from this tragic incident.” The report also highlighted that the airline has taken up 51 measures to improve safety standards since the accident.

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Earlier this year, Indonesia’s NTSC said that, 35 minutes into the flight, the pilot sought permission to climb to prevent stormy weather. In a period of 30 seconds, the plane elevated from 32,000 feet to 37,400 feet, climbing at a much faster rate than commercial planes are supposed to. It was a few minutes later when the plane disappeared from the radar. Despite turbulent weather patterns, seven others planes were able to land safely.

A spokesman for AirAsia said, “Airbus has just received the final accident report. We are now carefully studying its content. With safety being top priority Airbus is fully committed to push the safety track record of our industry even further.”

Sri Budi Siswardani, whose son Bhima Aly Wicaksana died in the crash, said, “The report today brought back all the trauma, grief and loss… I don’t want to be angry with AirAsia, what’s the use of anger? In the end it will only hurt me and stop me from moving on.”

Wreckage of the plane was discovered days after the crash. While majority of the passengers on board were Indonesian, others included a French citizen, a Singaporean, and three South Koreans, as reported by BBC. One hundred and six bodies have been retrieved as yet.