Aviation experts say that the pilot of the ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 may have managed to land the jet on the sea’s surface before it drowned into the high seas.
According to News 24, experts say that the plane’s emergency locator transmitter [ELT] failed to send messages because the experienced former air force pilot, Captain Iriyanto, conducted an emergency water landing which did not have a destructive impact.
Dudi Sudibyo, a senior editor of aviation magazine Angkasa said that the emergency locator transmitter would work on impact, be that land, sea or the sides of a mountain and his analysis was that it didn’t work because there was no major impact during landing.
The AirAsia plane, flying from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday.
A large plane-shaped shadow, believed to be the fuselage of the AirAsia flight has been spotted in Java sea.
The report said that five crew among 47 divers were on standby to investigate the shadow sighted by a search and rescue pilot.