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Old 12-31-2014, 02:32 PM
 
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A very remote possibility, and would depend on how the aircraft went into the water. If the plane was ditched/belly landed in the sea, then some could have survived and made it into the water. But if it went in nose first, probably not. Hitting water is pretty close to hitting concrete. It's also possible the aircraft started to break apart before hitting the water, in which case there would no survivors.
Even if a person did survive the crash and was in the open sea, they would have a short window of time to be rescued.


Yeah, I was just hoping that since it seems the plane appears to be mostly intact (according to one source I read), maybe the impact wasn't enough to kill immediately. Also, I'm hoping that because at least one person had on a life vest, maybe others found a way out of the plane w/ their vests.

I keep thinking about how scary those last few minutes must have been...

Of course I have no idea, but I don't think it broke apart in air. I think the weather or pilot error stalled it...kind of like Air France 447.
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Old 12-31-2014, 04:44 PM
 
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I heard that there was a life vest, but it was not on a body. Is that wrong?
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:09 PM
 
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I heard that there was a life vest, but it was not on a body. Is that wrong?
You're correct. The life vest was found floating by itself in the water. The reports of a body in a life vest are erroneous.
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:28 PM
 
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Yeah, I was just hoping that since it seems the plane appears to be mostly intact (according to one source I read), maybe the impact wasn't enough to kill immediately. Also, I'm hoping that because at least one person had on a life vest, maybe others found a way out of the plane w/ their vests.

I keep thinking about how scary those last few minutes must have been...

Of course I have no idea, but I don't think it broke apart in air. I think the weather or pilot error stalled it...kind of like Air France 447.
That's a possibility, of course. Water ditching's in the open ocean are difficult at best, so even if the pilot had managed a 'controlled' landing, there's a good chance the plane suffered some break up when it hit the water. In that case there still could have been some survivors for a period of time.
No way to tell until they find the wreckage and see how intact it is. They haven't yet found a lot of stuff floating on the surface, and that makes me think the plane may still be mostly intact... or at least the major parts relatively close together on the sea floor.
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:17 AM
 
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AirAsia jet may have made safe landing on sea before sinking, experts says | Fox News

I'm not buying the sea landing thing. Wouldn't they have time to send out an SOS if they made a sea landing? Wouldn't there be a good chance at least someone would survive?
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:38 AM
 
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Given the conditions, if they were struggling to control the plane and deal with whatever other issues there were, they would not have had the time. Rough sea conditions would mean that even if they tried to ditch, it would have been a hard landing and the pilots probably were incapacitated as a result. There may have been survivors but how long could they have lasted. Sad thing is, AirAsia was in the process of installing GPS (?) on all its planes, but hadn't got to this one yet - rescuers could have been there within hours, not days...
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:57 AM
 
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But they are citing as evidence of a sea landing the lack of emergency beacon which would have been activated with a hard impact.
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Old 01-07-2015, 04:42 AM
 
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Tail of missing AirAsia plane discovered in Java Sea
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:07 AM
 
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This is moving along so slowly. It's painful to watch just how slow everything is happening in only 100 feet of water.
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:26 AM
 
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This is moving along so slowly. It's painful to watch just how slow everything is happening in only 100 feet of water.
Have they had a good weather day yet in two weeks?

They have recovered 40 bodies and identified half but no word on where in the plane they were sitting. Here and there, all from the back, mostly from the front, etc.
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