Doomed AirAsia flight pilot’s last words were ‘Allahu akbar!’

The last words of AirAsia flight QZ8501 have finally been revealed and they are startling.

The doomed flight crashed into the Java sea on a trip from Surabaya to Singapore on Dec 28, 2014.

Captain Iriyanto
Captain Iriyanto photo credit 9 News via

Nurcahyo Utomo, who is one of the experts examining the black box recordings uncovered from the wreckage, said it’s tough for him because he knew the pilot personally as he revealed those words, reported Yahoo News Singapore.

“We are listening to a recording that represents the last moments before the crash and it is disturbing,” he said. “There are times where the investigators would get unnerved listening to the recording.

“It is as if we can feel them — Allahuakhbar, Allahuakhbar were the last words said before they died,” Utomo said.

Air Asia Flight Recorder
Air Asia Flight Recorder photo credit EPA via

The words, which translated mean “God is great,” are often said by Muslims just before they die as they believe this grants them immediate entry into paradise.

However, the phrase is also often used as a cry from jihadists as they engage in a terrorist attack.

It has also been reported by that 41 members of a Christian church congregation were among the 162 people killed in the crash.

There is no evidence thus far to suggest any connection to terrorism but more details are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks as the flight recorders undergo further examination.


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