In a report to parliament Indonesia’s transport minister has revealed the first facts yielded by the AirAsia flight recorders that may shed some light on the plane’s mysterious crash.
All 162 people on board died, with search teams still discovering bodies more than three weeks later, and now it seems the Airbus both climbed and descended at extreme rates before radar contact was lost.
Strong sea currents and poor weather are still hampering salvagers’ attempts to raise the plane’s fuselage, where many of the still-missing bodies are believed to be trapped.
The bodies of 51 victims have been found so far, with 45 of them identified. This final step of identification will become progressively more difficult, warn divers, who have seen signs of significant decomposition in the latest two bodies to be found.