In summary the plane climbed too steeply, lost speed and stalled. It seems to have broken up in mid air. This should never happen of course. Pilots are trained, or should be trained to avoid thunderstorms but if they happen to find themselves in one, they are trained how to deal with it.
The technique is simple really - keep the plane level and don't climb or descend. The plane can cope with pretty well any level of turbulence. This did not happen here so we need to know why.
The authorities as you can read above are being economical with the information at the moment. And we can only wonder why. They state that a preliminary report will be issued next Wednesday but "not to the public". That is unusual.
Remember this. Flying is the safest way to get from A to B by far. Imagine Croke Park or Wembley stadium full of people -say 60,000. Then imagine a succession of stadiums like that one, going right around the world - 50,000 stadiums all full of people. That folks, is how many people fly every year.
It is mind-boggling, but you can at least imagine it. Last year was the safest year ever despite the three crashes in SE Asia. If you discount these three awful tragedies, 340 people died world- wide on commercial planes, and all of these happened in remote parts of what we might call the third world.
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