29 Dec '14, 11am

Captain Iriyanto: Pilot of AirAsia flight QZ8501

Captain Iriyanto: Pilot of AirAsia flight QZ8501

INDONESIA: AirAsia flight QZ8501, which went missing en-route from Indonesia to Singapore, was piloted by Captain Iriyanto, an Indonesian, while First Officer Emmanuel Remi Plesel is a French citizen. Experts have suggested that the plane, with 162 on board, may have been brought down by bad weather. The weather along the route was considered "quite bad" when contact with the plane was lost at 6.24am (Indonesia time). Just before contact was lost, Capt Iriyanto had also requested permission from Air Traffic Control to alter its route and climb to 38,000 feet to avoid clouds. FORMER F-5 TIGER PILOT Capt Iriyanto is an experienced pilot. AirAsia Indonesia's communications manager Ms Malinda Yasmin said Capt Iriyanto has logged 20,537 hours of flight time; 6,053 of which are with AirAsia. First officer Emmanuel Plesel Remi has logged 2,247 flight hours. Capt Iriyanto was with...

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