Plane was intact when it hit water

Pangkalan Bun/Surabaya :  One of the bodies recovered on Wednesday from the crash site in Java Sea was reportedly wearing a life jacket: this, in turn, has raised questions about how the disaster unfolded. The fact that one person put on a life jacket would appear to indicate those on board had at least some time before the aircraft hit the water, or after it hit the water and before it sank.

And yet the pilots did not issue a distress signal. Also, the fact that the debris appears fairly contained suggests the aircraft broke up when it hit the water, rather than in the air, said a former pilot and chairman of an aviation consultancy firm, a wire agency reported.

Some of the recovered bodies were fully clothed, which would again indicate the Airbus A320-200 was intact when it hit the water — supporting the theory that the plane did not explode or break up in mid-air and may instead have suffered an aerodynamic stall.

Sonar images have identified what is believed to be large parts of the plane.

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