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Co-pilot was 'flying AirAsia plane' when it crashed

The co-pilot of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 was flying the passenger jet when it crashed last month, killing all 162 people on board, officials say.

The AirAsia plane went missing on December 28 in stormy weather. Credit: Reuters

Mardjono Siswosuwarno, head investigator for Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, said the plane was in good condition and that all crew members were properly certified.

He said the aircraft's flight recorder gave a "pretty clear picture" of what happened in the final moments before it crashed on December 28.

Last week, officials said the plane had been "climbing too quickly" before the crash.


Channel Tunnel passengers face further delays

Lorries queue for Operation Stack on the M20 near Maidstone, Kent.

Passengers using the Channel Tunnel face another day of travel difficulties as power supply issues continue to cause problems.

Officials at Chunnel operator Eurotunnel said they were "working round the clock" to return to a full timetable, saying it would be done "as soon as it's safe".

Eurostar said that due to the ongoing problems, which led to a single line working, passengers should expect delays of around an hour.

The reduced capacity on the Channel Tunnel yesterday led to tailbacks of up to 20 miles on the M20 in Kent.

Eurostar delayed again due to power supply problems

It is the second time Eurostar has suffered power failure in the last three days. Credit: Reuters

Eurostar services have been delayed again following further power supply problems.

It is the second time in three days the train operator has encountered such problems, which are causing hold ups of around an hour.

And bosses said the issues meant only a single line would be working in the Chunnel today.

A spokesman said: "As we were conducting the re-establishment of services early this morning, we encountered a power supply line issue.

"Our maintenance teams have gone out to inspect this. The tunnel is open but we are running a reduced service in the meantime."

It added that it was "working to minimise the impact for passengers".

The problems come days after thousands of passengers were left stranded by a lorry fire on a train in the tunnel on Saturday.

AirAsia plane 'climbed too quickly' before crash

Part of the fuselage of the plane at a storage facility after being recovered. Credit: Reuters

The AirAsia plane that crashed into the sea last month was climbing at a speed "beyond normal" before stalling, radar data is thought to have shown.

According to the AFP news agency, the country's transport minister said: "The plane suddenly went up at a speed above the normal limit that it was able to climb to. Then it stalled."

Flight QZ8501 went missing on 28 December in stormy weather over the Java Sea.

Terrorism has been ruled out as a cause of the crash, but a search and rescue said last week that the plane had experienced an explosion before hitting the water.

The bodies of 53 of the aircraft's 162 passengers and crew have been recovered in search efforts so far.


Eurostar trains still facing delays of up to an hour

Eurostar passengers may still be subject to delays of up to an hour today despite the train operator resuming a normal service again following major disruptions over the weekend.

Travellers boarding a delayed Eurostar train at St Pancras Station in London yesterday Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Eurostar spokesman said: "We are resuming a full service. Obviously because the Eurotunnel is closed due to the smoke on Saturday, there will be delays of between 30-60 minutes.

"We have had three departures today by 8.30am from the UK, St Pancras, which is as per normal."

Eurostar up and running but Eurotunnel warns of delays

Eurostar trains are back up and running, with the first two trains of the day having left London on time this morning.

The train operator said it plans to run a full service today after severe delays and cancellations at the weekend.

Travellers wait for their trains at St Pancras Station in London Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Eurotunnel passengers will continue to face delays though as the Channel Tunnel operator warned of delays of up to 90 minutes on its France-bound Le Shuttle service for cars and coaches as engineers carried out work to put "more sections of the tunnel back into service" after a fire on Saturday.

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