Crashed plane denied permission to increase altitude over “threatening clouds”
‘– At 6:12 a.m., one of the pilots asked air traffic control permission to turn and climb to a higher altitude to try avoid bad weather, according to Indonesian officials.
‘Air traffic control approved the pilot’s request to turn left but denied permission for the plane to climb to 38,000 feet from 32,000 feet, Djoko Murjatmodjo, an aviation official at the Indonesian Transport Ministry, told the national newspaper Kompas…’
AirAsia Confirms Wreckage In Java Sea Is From Missing Jet
‘Rescue crews scouring the waters off Indonesia say they have found dozens of bodies and have spotted wreckage that belongs to AirAsia QZ8501, the jetliner that went missing Sunday, carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members.
‘In a statement, AirAsia said the National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia confirmed the wreckage belonged to the airplane…’
Stories behind passengers of missing AirAsia flight surface
‘Many family members were seen in tears as airline CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted his condolences: “My heart is filled with sadness… words cannot express how sorry I am.”
‘As they wait for confirmation of the fate of their loved ones, details are emerging about the lives of those on board. Here’s what we know so far:
‘Florentina Maria Widodo
‘Andy Chen told Channel News Asia that his girlfriend, a biology teacher, was on the missing plane.
‘Pilot Captain Iriyanto
‘A veteran of the skies, Iriyanto had more than 20,000 flying hours under his belt, 6,100 of which were with AirAsia on the Airbus 320.
‘He was an F-16 fighter jet pilot with the Indonesian Air Force and retired early to become a commercial airline pilot, the Jakarta Post reported…’
Watch: Virgin Atlantic jumbo jet makes emergency landing in London, causes minor injuries
‘Some passengers suffered slight injuries after a Virgin Atlantic plane carrying 462 people was forced to make an emergency landing in London on Monday due to a problem with its landing gear.
‘Gatwick Airport’s single runway was temporarily closed because of the incident, with no planes allowed to depart or land, a spokesman said adding that some passengers had suffered “minor injuries”.
‘The British airline’s Boeing 747 jumbo jet landed with only four of its five sets of landing gear deployed, according to photos and video shown on television…’