Indonesia investigation: Rudder control problem led to AirAsia crash

All 162 people on board Flight 8501 were killed last December.

In this May 9, 2014 photo, an AirAsia A320-200 plane takes off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in Sepang, Malaysia. An AirAsia plane with 162 people on board went missing on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from Surabaya, Indonesia for Singapore. The plane in this photo is the same model but not the one which went missing in Indonesia Sunday. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian investigators say a faulty rudder control system and the pilots’ response led to the crash of an AirAsia plane last year that killed all 162 people on board.

The National Transportation Safety Committee announced Tuesday that an analysis of Flight 8501’s data recorder showed that the Airbus A320 had problems with its rudder control system while flying between the Indonesian city of Surabaya and Singapore on Dec. 28.

The pilots attempted to respond to the problem, but the plane stalled and crashed into the Java Sea.

Aircraft maintenance records show the plane had problems with its rudder system 23 times in the 12 months prior to the crash.

The investigators said bad weather conditions did not play a role in the accident. No distress signal was received.


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