This video might be more ridiculous and unnecessary than the sensationalist pieces currently airing on CNN. Reuters has put together a reenactment to demonstrate how AirAsia QZ8501 may have depressurized mid-flight. It includes a cabin breach, a passenger being thrown out of the cabin, and that same passenger losing their clothing while falling through the air.
In actual AirAsia news, Reuters is reporting that an Indonesian search and rescue official confirmed that none of the bodies recovered had been wearing a life jacket. Additionally, the AFP is reporting that the plane actually may have ditched into the Java Sea.
“The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) would work on impact, be that land, sea or the sides of a mountain, and my analysis is it didn’t work because there was no major impact during landing,” said Dudi Sudibyo, a senior editor of aviation magazine Angkasa. “The pilot managed to land it on the sea’s surface,” he added.
“The conclusions I have come to so far are that the plane did not blow up mid-air, and it did not suffer an impact when it hit a surface, because if it did so then the bodies would not be intact,” Chappy Hakim, a former air force commander, told AFP.
Former transport minister Jusman Syafii Djamal was convinced the discovery of the floating exit door meant “someone had opened it”.