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Pilot Response to Malfunction Caused AirAsia Crash That Killed 162

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    Indonesian Soejanto Tjahjono, head of the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), holds a plane model as he speaks to journalists in Jakarta on December 1, 2015, during a press conference on the investigation report of AirAsia flight QZ8501 that crashed into the Java sea on December 28, 2014. Faulty equipment and the crew's "inability to control the aircraft" led an AirAsia A320 to crash into the Java Sea last year, killing all 162 people onboard, a report said on December 1.

    A faulty rudder control system and the pilots’ response led to the crash of an AirAsia plane last year, NBC News reported.

    The main flight control computer on the Airbus A320 had a cracked joint that caused it to malfunction repeatedly, according to Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee.

    The pilots struggled to handle the influx of warning messages while the plane rolled, then climbed too high before crashing into the Java Sea.

    According to the report, the midair emergency took place over two-and-a-half minutes. The plane plummeted at a rate of 20,000 feet per minute.

    All 162 people on board the flight died when the flight went down last year.