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An official in Indonesia revealed that the AirAsia plane that crashed just an hour after take off into the Java Sea had climbed to a higher altitude at an excessive speed that is not usual for planes. According to the New York Times, the plane carrying 162 people began climbing at a rate of 6,000 feet, which was revealed by the minister of transportation, Ignasius Jonan. Jonan told a parliamentary commission, “It is not normal to climb like that; it’s very rare for commercial planes, which normally climb just 1,000 to 2,000 feet per minute. It can only be done by a fighter jet.” The National Transportation Safety Committee is going over data from the black boxes, which were found by divers during a search in the Java Sea last week. As previously reported, weather is thought to be a factor in the crash. Investigations into the black box recordings found there were no indications of any type of terrorist act that would have brought the plane down, CNN reported. Before the plane dropped from radar, the pilot had requested permission to climb higher due to bad weather, but was denied.