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JAKARTA, Indonesia — No evidence has been found so far that terrorism played a part in the crash of an AirAsia jet last month that killed all 162 people on board, Indonesian investigators said Monday.
Andreas Hananto told Reuters that his team of 10 investigators at the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) had found "no threats" in the cockpit voice recordings to indicate foul play during AirAsia Flight QZ8501. The Airbus A320-200 vanished from radar screens on Dec. 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore. There were no survivors.
"We didn't hear any voice of other persons other than the pilots," said Nurcahyo Utomo, another investigator. "We didn't hear any sounds of gunfire or explosions. For the time being, based on that, we can eliminate the possibility of terrorism."
He declined to give details about what was said during the doomed flight's final moments, citing Indonesian law. Indonesian authorities have said that bad weather was likely to have played a part in the disaster.
Investigators hope to finish a preliminary report on the crash early next week. The full report could take up to a year.
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