No Sign of Terrorism Aboard AirAsia Flight

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Indonesian Army personnel keep watch during a search and rescue (SAR) operation for missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501, over the waters of the Java Sea on December 29, 2014.
Photo: Juni Kriswanto/AFP/Getty Images

The AirAsia Flight QZ8501 pilots were busy but almost certainly didn’t encounter terrorism, according to voice recordings on a newly discovered black box from the plane. Officials say that no threats or sounds of gunfire were heard on the cockpit recording of the plane that crashed into the Java Sea, and an investigator told Reuters that they “didn’t hear any voice of other persons other than the pilots.” The Malaysia Airlines–affiliated flight was going through patches of heavy thunderstorms at the time of the crash, and the biggest puzzle left for investigators now is to figure out whether the error leading to the crash was human or mechanical — and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

No Sign of Terrorism Aboard AirAsia Flight