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NTSB's Diehl: Finding AirAsia Tail Section Would Be 'Huge'

By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 03:36 PM

Many questions remain about what brought down the AirAsia jet that crashed en route from Indonesia to Singapore, says Alan Diehl, former air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board.

"We won't know until we find the black boxes, but we have seen aircraft, similar aircraft, brought down by things like hail," Diehl told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Monday.

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"Icing can be a factor, turbulence can obviously be a factor, hail can cause problems," he explained. "As a matter of fact, hail could knock out your weather radar on the front of the aircraft, and boy, now you're really flying blind."

Rescue workers said Monday that they think they found the tail of the aircraft, the New York Post reports.

According to Diehl, "both the black boxes are in the tail area, so if they're right that that is the tail section, that is a huge development."

He contends that "we need to find out who was seated where on that aircraft, and the reason for that is the reports that there were naked bodies found."

"When aircraft breaks up at altitude, at high speed, the clothes are literally ripped off the victims, and if those people were seated in the tail section, that indicates that the tail may literally have come off," he explained. 

"We've got to wait for the evidence," he added.

Despite a spike in airplane crashes from 2013 to 2014, Diehl says that "air travel is very safe." He says that one of the crashes in 2014 was "due to that Ukrainian situation, which is not very typical, fortunately."

"Three billion people boarded aircraft last year, and what, a couple thousand people got killed? Tragic as those deaths were — I'm talking about commercial airlines now — boy, I wish I could get that number the next time I have to go in for surgery," he explained.

"Those odds are really in your favor," he added.

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