Indonesian officials believe the formation of ice caused by extreme bad weather may have caused doomed AirAsia Flight QZ8501 to crash into the Java Sea. The news emerged in a report from the country’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) which said weather data suggested the jetliner had flown into storm clouds, which had caused icing and damage to the engines. Singapore newspaper The Straits Times quoted the report as saying: “The most probable weather phenomenon is that icing caused the plane engines to be damaged.”
The document also noted “worrying conditions” along the plane’s scheduled route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. The report is the first official word from Jakarta as to why the Airbus 320-200 may have crashed on Sunday with the loss of 155 passengers and seven crew.