A plane that looks a lot like an airplane but flies much slower, but could have been built in a couple of hours by someone in the United States, according to an investigation by Wired magazine.
The AirAsiaX2, a plane that flew at speeds of Mach 2.6 and then 3.5, was originally built in India for AirAsia.
The company said the plane is in its first production run.
The first AirAsia flight to take off from the runway in Singapore, which the company called an “unprecedented achievement,” was the plane that was supposed to fly from Dubai to Singapore in 2012.
The plane, which was scheduled to make a maiden flight on June 5, 2014, crashed in a storm near Singapore’s international airport, killing all nine people on board.
The airline has since said the pilot was “not well informed” and did not have adequate warning about the storm.
The planes maker, Airtel, has also come under fire for allegedly paying bribes to government officials.
The investigation found that in 2013, AirAsia paid more than $1 million to then-Indian Transport Minister S.M. Joshi and officials at the then-state-run airline, according a report in The Times of India.
A year later, Air Asia paid $600,000 to the former chief minister of West Bengal, who was then running for president of India, to set up an air route to Bangladesh, according the report.
A few months later, the company also paid more $500,000 for the Indian government to set aside land for Air Asia’s air route.
A week after that, Air India paid $1.5 million to a former Indian minister to set a route from Mumbai to Delhi, the Times of Ireland reported.
In 2015, Air China paid $500 million to the airline to run a route through Pakistan from Karachi to Beijing, the paper reported.
The Times also said AirAsia had paid more money for flights between India and Europe via Dubai and Dubai’s airport.
The report also said that in February 2016, AirChina agreed to pay $600 million to buy the rights to run an AirAsia route from Karachi, Pakistan, to the European mainland.
The deal was part of an agreement to take a “significant share” in AirAsia in exchange for the airline’s share in the carrier’s stock, according an AirChina official.
The latest probe also found that AirAsia has failed to adequately investigate complaints about the crash.
The government-owned airline, which has been embroiled in controversy over the last decade, has been forced to hire lawyers, hire an outside law firm, hire more pilots, buy new aircraft, and pay a $1 billion fine to the Indian authorities, the report said.
The crash “is a huge blow to the reputation of AirAsia and its parent company,” said Amit Gopinath, an aviation law expert and former deputy director of the Tata Sons’ law firm.
“It would have been extremely expensive and the consequences would have had an enormous impact on the airline.”
In 2015 the airline agreed to settle a $2.2 billion fraud lawsuit brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.