Indonesia says faulty component, crew response factors in AirAsia crash

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Equipment Glitch, Pilot Response Led To AirAsia Crash

Chronic problems with a faulty rudder system and the way pilots tried to respond were among a string of factors contributing to the crash of an Indonesian AirAsia jet last year that killed all 162 on board, investigators said on Tuesday.

The Airbus A320 crashed into the Java Sea on Dec. 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore.

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In their first public report on the disaster, Indonesian investigators did not pinpoint a single underlying reason why flight QZ8501 disappeared from the radar, but set out a sequence spotlighting the faulty component, maintenance and crew actions.

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SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 30: A relative of a passenger looks out over the waters of the Java Sea near Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan on December 30, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Debris and dead bodies have reportedly been sighted in the Java Sea during search operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501. AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Indonesian personnel hoist a section of recovered wreckage belonging to AirAsia flight QZ8501 onto a truck at port in Kumai on January 11, 2015. Indonesian divers on January 11 found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Crew members of Crest Onyx ship and Members of National Search And Rescue Agency unload the wreckage of part of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 that crashed in the Java Sea, at Kumai port in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. A day after the tail of the crashed plane was fished out of the sea, the search for the missing black boxes intensified Sunday with more pings heard. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Crewmembers of Indonesian Air Force NAS 332 Super Puma helicopter look out of the windows during a search operation for the victims and wreckage of AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 over the Java Sea, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The Singapore-bound plane crashed into the sea 42 minutes after taking off on Dec. 28. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, Pool)
A relative of Air Asia flight QZ8501 passengers weep as she waits for the latest news on the missing jetliner at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The AirAsia plane with 161 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from the provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)
A relative of the passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8501 weeps as she waits for the latest news on the missing jetliner at a crisis center set up by local authority at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. A massive sea search was underway for an AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday while flying from Indonesia to Singapore through airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning, officials said. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)
Jiang Hui, a relative of passengers on board the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing on March 8, 2014, watches a TV news about a missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, during their year-end gathering, at his house in Beijing, China Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. In the third air incident connected to Malaysia this year, an AirAsia plane disappeared on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from Surabaya, Indonesia for Singapore. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A crew member of Indonesian Navy CN-235 airplane looks out of the window during a search operation for the missing AirAsia flight 8501 over the waters off Bangka Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Six bloated bodies and debris seen floating in Indonesian waters Tuesday painful ended the mystery of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea and was lost to searchers for more than two days. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Relatives of passengers of the missing AirAsia Flight 8501 react upon seeing the news on television about the findings of bodies on the waters near the site where the jetliner disappeared, at the crisis center at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Bodies and debris were seen floating in Indonesian waters Tuesday, painfully ended the mystery of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea and was lost to searchers for more than two days.(AP Photo/Trisnadi)
SINGAPORE - DECEMBER 28: A relative of a missing family member on board AirAsia flight QZ8501 speaks to the media outside the holding area at Changi Airport on December 28, 2014 in Singapore. AirAsia announced that the flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of December 28. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 29: Indonesian naval officers prepare the operational air navigation map during the investigation of missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 outside the crisis center of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 29, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
Map locates Jakarta, Indonesia and details of the missing AirAsia plane.
This undated underwater photo taken by a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and released by the Singapore Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) shows the wreckage of AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 lying on the sea floor in the Java Sea. A Singaporean navy ship has located the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia plane in the Java Sea, Singapore's defense minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo/MINDEF)
This undated underwater photo taken by a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and released by the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) shows the wreckage of AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 lying on the sea floor in the Java Sea. A Singaporean navy ship has located the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia plane in the Java Sea, Singapore's defense minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo/MINDEF)
In this undated underwater photo released by Indonesia's National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, the part of the wreckage that BASARNAS identified as of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501, is seen in the waters of the Java Sea, Indonesia. Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle spotted the tail of the missing AirAsia plane in the Java Sea on Wednesday, the first confirmed sighting of any major wreckage 11 days after Flight 8501 disappeared with the passengers and crew members on board. (AP Photo/BASARNAS)
Commander of 1st Indonesian Air Force Operational Command Rear Marshall Dwi Putranto, right, shows airplane parts and a suitcase found floating on the water near the site where AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared, during a press conference at the airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Bodies and debris seen floating in Indonesian waters Tuesday, painfully ended the mystery of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea and was lost to searchers for more than two days. The writings on the suitcase reads "Recovered by KRI Bung Tomo." KRI Bung Tomo is the name of an Indonesian Navy ship. The numbers on the suitcase are the coordinates. (AP Photo/Dewi Nurcahyani)
A crew member of Indonesian Navy ship KRI Bung Tomo holds a piece of the window panel of AirAsia Flight 8501 recovered in search operations for the ill-fated jetliner, during a press conference at the Navy's Eastern Fleet Naval Base in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The Singapore-bound plane crashed into the Java Sea 42 minutes after taking off on Dec. 28. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)
National Search and Rescue Agency personnel carry the seats of AirAsia Flight 8501 after being airlifted by a U.S. Navy helicopter, at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. At least five ships with equipment that can detect pings emitted by flight data and cockpit voice recorders are on station and the weather has improved in the search for the AirAsia jet that crashed a week ago. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Indonesian air force personnel carry the flight data recorder of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 that crashed in the Java Sea, at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Divers retrieved one black box Monday and located the other from the AirAsia plane that crashed more than two weeks ago, a key development that should help investigators unravel what caused the aircraft to plummet into the Java Sea. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Head of Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee Tatang Kurniadi, center, shows, the newly recovered Cockpit Voice Recorder from the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 during a press conference in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Divers retrieved the crashed AirAsia plane's second black box from the bottom of the Java Sea on Tuesday, giving experts essential tools to piece together what brought Flight 8501 down. (AP Photo)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - JANUARY 06: Indonesia Sea and Coast Guard display recovered seats from the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash from the Royal Malaysian Navy KD Kasturi at Port of Kumai on January 6, 2015 in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
Indonesian Muslim men pray during a special prayer for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 at Al Akbar Mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. More ships arrived Friday with sensitive equipment to hunt for the fuselage of the flight and the more than 145 people still missing since it crashed into the sea five days ago. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
A relative of a victim of AirAsia Flight 8501 cries as she waits for the handover of the body to the family at a police hospital in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The Singapore-bound plane crashed into the sea 42 minutes after taking off on Dec. 28. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Indonesian soldiers carry coffins containing bodies of victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 upon arrival at Indonesian Military Air Force base in Surabaya, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. A massive hunt for the victims of the jet resumed in the Java Sea on Wednesday, but wind, strong currents and high surf hampered recovery efforts as distraught family members anxiously waited to identify their loved ones. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - JANUARY 01: Members of Indonesian search and rescue team carry the body of a victim of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash at Iskandar Airbase on January 01, 2015 in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - JANUARY 02: Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry derbis of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash at Iskandar Airbase on January 02, 2015 in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
A U.S. Navy helicopter crew member, left, salutes as the U.S. Navy personnel from USS Sampson unload the body of a victim aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 from the helicopter, assisted by Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency personnel and policemen, upon arrival at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The investigation into the AirAsia crash has turned to the ocean floor, with more sonar equipment and metal detectors deployed Friday to scour the seabed for wreckage, including the plane's black boxes. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - JANUARY 3: Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry a coffin containing a victim of the AirAsia flight 8501 crash on January 3, 2015 at Iskandar Airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia. The remains are being flown to Surabaya, Indonesia by the Indonesian Air Force. A massive recovery operation is underway in the waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia reported that flight 8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of December 28. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 02: Indonesian Army carry the coffin of Grayson Herbert Linaksita, a victim of the AirAsia flight QZ8501, after he was handed over to his family at the police hospital on January 2, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
Relatives weep during the handover ceremony of the body of Hayati Lutfiah, one of the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501, to her family at the police hospital in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Searchers were racing "against time and weather" Thursday to recover the dead from the crash, with a window of good conditions slammed shut by another onslaught of wind and heavy rain. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Relatives of passengers of AirAsia Flight 8501 cry after visiting the crisis center at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. The first proof of the jet's fate emerged Tuesday in an area not far from where it dropped off radar screens on Sunday morning. Searchers found bodies and debris that included a life jacket, an emergency exit door and a suitcase about 10 miles from the plane's last known coordinates. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
In this late Friday, Jan. 2, 2014 photo, Indonesian Red Cross personnel sit near 10 coffins containing the bodies of the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 during a transport flight from Pangkalan Bun to Surabaya, Indonesia. Indonesian officials were hopeful Saturday they were honing in on the wreckage of the flight after sonar equipment detected two large objects on the ocean floor, one week after the plane went down in stormy weather. (AP Photo/Jefri Aries)
Indonesian military personnel carry coffins containing the bodies of victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 upon arrival at Juanda Naval Airbase in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. After nearly a week of searching for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501, rescue teams battling monsoon rains had their most successful day yet on Friday, more than tripling the number of bodies pulled from the Java Sea, some still strapped to their seats. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 02: Subekti, a tomb caretaker cleans up Hayati Lutfiah Hamid's grave (L), the first identified victim of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash at Sawo Tratap Islamic cemetery on January 2, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
Indonesian navy divers pray prior to conduct operations to lift the tail of AirAsia Flight 8501 in Java sea, Indonesia Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Days after sonar detected apparent wreckage, an unmanned underwater vehicle showed the plane's tail, lying upside down and partially buried in the ocean floor. (AP Photo/Adek Berry, Pool)
Crew members of Crest Onyx ship prepare to unload parts of AirAsia Flight 8501 from a ship at Kumai port in Pangkalan Bun,Sunday, Jan.11, 2015. A day after the tail of the crashed AirAsia plane was fished out of the Java Sea, the search for the missing black boxes intensified Sunday with more pings heard. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Bags containing dead bodies of the passengers of AirAsia Flight 8501 are lifted to Indonesian navy vessel KRI Banda Aceh at sea off the coast of Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. Indonesian officials were hopeful Saturday they were honing in on the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 after sonar equipment detected two large objects on the ocean floor, a full week after the plane went down in stormy weather. (AP Photo/Adek Berry,Pool)
Crew members of Crest Onyx ship prepare to unload the wreckage of part of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed off the Java Sea, at Kumai port in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. A day after the tail of the crashed plane was fished out of the sea, the search for the missing black boxes intensified Sunday with more pings heard. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
An Indonesian worker (top C) cuts the tail of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Kumai on January 12, 2015, after debris from the crash was retrieved from the Java sea. Indonesian divers retrieved the flight data recorder of the AirAsia plane that went down in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people on board, a crucial breakthrough that should help explain what caused the crash. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - JANUARY 04: Members of Indonesian search and rescue team carry the part of the plane of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash from Singaporean navy helicopter at Iskandar Airbase on on January 4, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
An Indonesia police officer stands guard near the wreckage, which police officials and Indonesia's National Search And Rescue Agency identified as from AirAsia Flight 8501, at a warehouse at Kumai port in Pangkalan Bun, Monday. Jan. 19, 2015. The plane disappeared Dec. 28, 2014 en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. The plane's flight data and cockpit flight recorders were retrieved last week and will be key to learning the cause. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Indonesian women hold candles to pray for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Thursday, Jan 1, 2015. A massive hunt for the victims of the jet resumed in the Java Sea on Wednesday, but wind, strong currents and high surf hampered recovery efforts as distraught family members anxiously waited to identify their loved ones. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 31: Surabaya residents pray for victims of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash on December 31, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
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The crash was part of a string of aviation disasters in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, where rapid growth in air travel has overcrowded airports and stirred safety concerns.

Investigators said a system controlling rudder movement had cracked soldering that malfunctioned repeatedly, including four times during the flight and 23 times the previous year.

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Officials told reporters there were indications from the black box data recorder that crew had tried to shut off power to the computer that controls the rudder system by resetting a circuit breaker, something not usually done during flight.

But they cautioned there was no proof of this.

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The interruption of power to the computer caused the autopilot to disengage and removed automated protections that prevent an upset, handing manual control to the crew, they said.

"Subsequent flight crew action resulted in inability to control the aircraft...causing the aircraft (to) depart from the normal flight envelope and entering a prolonged stall condition that was beyond the ability of the flight crew to recover," the National Transportation Safety Committee said in a statement.

The airline's maintenance system was "not optimal", investigators said, adding that the airline had carried out 51 safety measures to improve conditions since the crash.

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In Europe, Airbus declined immediate comment.

"Airbus has just received the final accident report. We are now carefully studying its content," a spokesman said by email.

The report is not intended to attribute blame but rather to make recommendations to avoid future accidents. Recommendations were addressed to the airline, Airbus and regulators.

Indonesia has seen two other major crashes in the past year, including a military cargo aircraft that went down in an urban area in northern Sumatra in July, killing more than 140 people.

(Additional reporting by Randy Fabi and Michael Taylor in JAKARTA and Tim Hepher in PARIS; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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Crew members of Crest Onyx ship prepare to unload parts of AirAsia Flight 8501 from a ship at Kumai port in Pangkalan Bun,Sunday, Jan.11, 2015. A day after the tail of the crashed AirAsia plane was fished out of the Java Sea, the search for the missing black boxes intensified Sunday with more pings heard. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
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