|An AirAsia plane about to take off behind a boarding Malaysia Airlines plane on the resort island of Phuket, southern Thailand, November 2, 2014. Photo: Barbara Walton/EPA|
Myanmar President U Thein Sein has offered Malaysia a chance to operate flights linking Malaysia and Mandalay, one of the country's main tourist attractions, according to Bangkok Post on March 16.
|Indonesian national search and rescue agency's (BASARNAS) crew lift up the ruins of AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft tail from the Crest Onyx ship, after it was hoisted from the Java Sea during their recovery mission at Panglima Utar Kumai Harbour in Kumai, Central Borneo, Indonesia, 11 January 2015. Photo: EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO|
JAKARTA (AFP) - While the causes of last month's crash in Indonesia are still being probed, experts say the final moments before the accident point to the perils of flying in a region where safety standards are struggling to keep pace with crowded skies.
|An undated handout underwater picture released by the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) and shown on a screen on 14 January 2015 of a part of the fuselage of crashed AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 laying on the sea floor, off Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia. Photo: EPA/Basarnas|
PANGKALAN BUN (AFP) - Indonesian divers descended on January 15 to the main body of an AirAsia jet that crashed last month, hoping to recover the bulk of the disaster's victims, a day after it was finally located by a navy ship.
|Indonesian air force members and rescuers from the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) carry a passenger seat during a search and rescue operation for the victims of an AirAsia plane crash, at Iskandar Military Airport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia, January 5, 2015. Photo: Adi Weda/EPA|
Weather was the "triggering factor" in the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 with icing likely causing engine damage, Indonesian officials said, as rough seas Sunday hampered the search for more bodies and wreckage.
|Indonesian Navy personnel lifting a body believed to be a victim of the crashed AirAsia airplane onto the deck of the Indonesian Navy ship 'KRI Sultan Hasanudin' on the Java Sea, Indonesia, December 31, 2014. The search for victims of the AirAsia plane crash in waters off Indonesia widened January 1, 2015, local media reported, as more bodies from around the crash site in the Java Sea were taken ashore. Photo: Massulis Mbasan/EP|
As search teams hunt for the black boxes of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, analysts say the pilot may have managed to make an emergency water landing, only for the plane to be overcome by high seas.