French Plane Crash Part 3: Hopes pinned on damaged recorder

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 25, 2015

Air crash investigators have reportedly stating examining the recovered cockpit voice recorder from the Germanwings jet that crashed in the French Alps yesterday.

According to reports, the recorder from the downed Airbus A320 is said to have been badly damaged but investigators are hopeful that it could yield information into the reason for Flight 4U9525 coming down less than an hour after taking off from Barcelona’s El Plata airport, on-route to Dusseldorf in Germany. All 150 passengers and crew on-board have been confirmed dead.

Around 300 police and 380 firefighters are said to be scene of the crash near the town of Barcelonnette with Sky News reporting that French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have arrived to survey the area, which has been descried as rough and difficult to reach.

Of the 67 Germans on-board, 16 were reported as being school children from the Joseph König High School in the town of Haltern, who along with two teachers, had been returning home from an exchange program in Spain.

Although no cause has yet been determined, flight data tracking showed that the 24-year old A320 plummeted from its 38 000 feat cruising altitude, to 6 800 in less than eight minutes with no distress call being received from the pilots. Investigators have already ruled out terrorism as a possible motive.

 

CAPTION: Ariel footage of the Germanwings Airbus A320 crash scene IMAGE source from France24.com

 

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