AirAsia Flight 8501: Weather hampering search and recovery effort

CBS/AP   December 30, 2014, 3:44 PM

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia – A massive hunt for the 162 victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 resumed in the Java Sea on Wednesday, focusing on an area of the aqua-colored waters where the first bodies and debris were located a day earlier.

But wind, strong currents and high surf hampered recovery efforts as distraught family members anxiously waited to identify their loved ones.

The first proof of the fate of AirAsia Flight 8501 emerged Tuesday from the shallow, aqua-colored waters of the Java Sea, confirming that the plane crashed with 162 people aboard in an area not far from where it dropped off radar screens.

Two days after the jet vanished, searchers found began finding 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.

Lightning is seen through the window of

What Makes Thunderstorms Such a Threat to Airliners?

  • 4:24 PM

“Thunderstorms are sort of the grandaddy of all aviation hazards because they sort of contain it all,” says Dr. Bruce Carmichael, who runs the Aviation Applications Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. “Turbulence, severe structural icing, engine icing, loss of visibility, lightning, wind shear, extreme updrafts and downdrafts. So virtually any hazard to aviation you can imagine.”

Today’s airliners can withstand extreme turbulence without structural damage, but a bumpy ride can injure those aboard, particularly if they’re not buckled in. About 60 people in the US are injured by turbulence annually, according to the FAA, and three people died between 1980 and 2008. Therefore, the violent updrafts and downdrafts common in thunderstorms are best avoided. “Microbursts” are especially rough; these pockets of sinking air, which occur in small or developing storms, can produce winds up to 150 mph. That’s not something you want to subject even the hardiest aircraft to.

MEANWHILE. . . (something to think about):

 AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes sells shares in Tune Insurance

AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes’ investmest vehicle Tune Group Sdn Bhd has sold a total of 944,800 shares in Tune Insurance Holdings Bhd.

According to a filing with Bursa Malaysia, some 850,000 shares were sold on December 22 and an additional 94,800 shares the day after. All shares were sold at RM1.60 each.

( AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed en route from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore on 28 December 2014)

And Tune Insurance Holdings owns:

Tune Insure AirAsia Travel Protection

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