AirAsia Flight 8501: Plane climbed fast before crash, official says

January 20, 2015 3:11 PM

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AirAsia Flight 8501: Plane climbed fast before crash, official says

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia's transport minister says an AirAsia plane that crashed last month with 162 people on board was climbing at an abnormally high rate, then plunged and suddenly disappeared from radar.

Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan told Parliament on Tuesday that radar data showed the Airbus 320 was climbing about 6,000 feet a minute - an unusually rapid rate - before it disappeared on Dec. 28.

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