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AirAsia lacked correct authorisation for flights

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Indonesian transport ministry says authorisation changed

The search has resumed for the black box and missing victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501, which crashed in the Java Sea on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-biggest city, to Singapore on December 28. Meanwhile, reports are emerging that the plane did not have the proper authorisation to fly the route.

“AirAsia has committed a violation of the route that has been given to them,” Indonesian transport ministry spokesman JA Barata told the Wall Street Journal.

AirAsia previously had permission to fly daily flights from Surabaya to Singapore, but in October it received a new permit allowing it to fly only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Barata said. The doomed flight was flying on a Sunday. All of the airline’s flights on the route have now been suspended.

The AirAsia Airbus A320-200, carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members, vanished from radars around 40 minutes into the flight. Four large parts of the plane are thought to have been spotted at a depth of 30 metres, but weather is hampering efforts to retrieve them. Search teams have so far recovered 37 bodies.

eTN / Wall Street Journal

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