Investigator dreads listening to last words of AirAsia pilot

Despite being an investigator for almost two decades, analysing the Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 will be one of the toughest challenges for Nurcahyo Utomo, who knew the pilot personally, according to a report in the New Straits Times Online, quoting viva.co.id. Investigators are often unnerved with having to hear the repeated desperate pleas to God…

Overcrowded skies, risks high

The sheer volume of flights in the skies over Southeast Asia is putting pressure on outdated air traffic control and on pilots to take risky unilateral action in crises such as that possibly faced by AirAsia flight QZ8501. Pilots who have flown the Indonesia to Singapore route say it’s not unusual for delays to requests to increase altitude to avoid bad weather —…