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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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Investigators examine tail section of AirAsia flight

Flight accident investigators have begun picking over the tail section of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which went down on 28th December killing all 162 on board.

An Airbus investigator walks near part of the tail of the AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane Credit: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

The tail section of the aircraft has been transported from the crash site in the Java Sea to Kumai Port in Central Kalimantan.

An Aisbus investigator takes a photo of part of the the wreckage Credit: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Dozens of Indonesian navy divers took advantage of calmer weather in the Java Sea on Monday to retrieve the flight recorder and search for the fuselage of the Airbus.

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