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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, officials have said.

It was last week reported that the plane was climbing at a speed "beyond normal" before stalling.

Recovery efforts are still underway following the crash, which left all 162 on board dead.

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AirAsia cockpit voice recorder found but not recovered

The tail of AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane is seen on the deck of the rescue ship Crest Onyx after it was lifted from the seabed, in the waters of Kumai, Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan January 11, 2015. Credit: Reuters

Indonesian navy divers have located the second black box data recorder from the AirAsia plane that crashed more than two weeks ago, but they have not yet been able to free it from debris on the floor of the Java Sea.

Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi, the operation co-ordinator at the National Search and Rescue Agency, said the cockpit voice recorder was located today just hours after officials announced the data flight recorder had been brought to the surface.

He said it is stuck under heavy wreckage, and divers are working to lift it.

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