The Indonesia AirAsia flight that crashed in the Java Sea, killing 162 people, climbed too fast before stalling, Indonesia’s transport minister said.
Ignasius Jonan told a parliamentary hearing in Jakarta flight QZ8501 had ascended at a speed of 6,000 feet (1,828 metres) per minute, BBC News reported.
No passenger or fighter jet would attempt to climb so fast, he said.
The Airbus A320-200, en route from Surabaya to Singapore on Dec. 28, is thought to have been trying to avoid an approaching storm.
There were no survivors, and only 53 bodies have been retrieved so far.
A source familiar with the investigation’s initial findings told Reuters last month that radar data appeared to show the plane had made an “unbelievably” steep climb before it crashed.
When planes stall, their engines do not cut out, but the wings no longer generate lift, because there is not enough air passing over them, BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott said.
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