French Plane Crash Part 2: Black box recovered

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 25, 2015

French aviation authorities have confirmed the discovery of the black box voice recorder of the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the Alps yesterday.

All 150 passengers on-board were confirmed dead after Flight 4U9525 reportedly made a rapid decent shortly after reaching its 38 000 feat cruising height.

The plane, which had been on-route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, plummeted to 6 800 feat in less than eight minutes before disappearing from radar soon after. French air-traffic controllers stated they received no distress call from the pilots and that an earlier reported call for information, was done by them after losing contact with the plane.

German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has described the crash scene as a “picture of a horror” while Gilbert Sauvan, General Council President of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, told AP that the largest piece of debris “resembled a small car” and that “everything is pulverised”.

Speaking at a press briefing conference yesterday afternoon, Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann, said that the 24-year old A320 underwent regular maintenance on Monday with its last major service having taken place in 2013.

He also added that the pilot had over 6 000 hours experience with the plane, and that the accident was the first fatality since Germanwings, the low-cost division of national carrier Lufthansa, started operating in 2002.

No reason for the crash has yet determined although terrorism has been ruled, while the owner of a campground near the crash scene, reported the plane as making a “funny noise’ moments before it crashed.

 

CAPTION: Crash scene of Germanwings 4U9525 in the French Alps IMAGE sourced from buzzfeed.com

 

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