French Plane Crash Part 7: Investigators question reported leaked “video”

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 1, 2015

A cellphone video believed to have been taken inside the doomed Germanwings Airbus moments before it crashed into the French Alps last month, has reportedly been found, although investigators have questioned its authenticity.

According to French magazine, Paris Match, and German tabloid publication Bild, screams in several languages could heard as well as a metallic bashing, which appears to further confirm earlier reports that the pilot, Patrick Sonderheimer, had been banging on the door to gain entry after being locked out by co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz.

Speaking to CNN, communications spokesman for the French Gendarmerie, Lt. Col. Jean-Marc Menichini, said that various cellphones had been found at the crash site near the town of Barcelonnette, but that the video were “completely wrong" and "unwarranted”.

The publications, who didn’t post the video on their websites, claim that that the blurry visuals intensify near the end before going blank. Both maintained they felt confident that the clip was real.

It has meanwhile been reported that Lubitz, who is thought to have intentionally caused the crash that killed him and 149 other people on-board, had been receiving treatment for depression having suffered a “severe episode” which temporarily suspended his training in 2009.

Earlier this week, a spokesman for the prosecutor in Dusseldorf, said that Lubitz had received treatment for suicidal tendencies in the past but not recently. Last week, police found a torn-up sick note in Lubitz’s Dusseldorf flat aimed speculation that he was trying to hide his illness from Germanwings’ parent company, national carrier Lufthansa.

“The co-pilot has been, before he got his pilot's licence, in psychotherapy. He had at that time been in treatment of a psychotherapist because of what is documented as being suicidal at that time,” Christoph Kumpa was quoted by Sky News as saying.

“In the following time, up to now, right until he took the plane, there have been several visits at medical doctors and we have found as we have already communicated evidence that his doctors documented him to be unable to work and to fly. But these documents don't show any hint of being suicidal or being aggressive against other people.”

According to CNN, Lubitz’s girlfriend reportedly told investigators that an eye doctor and a neuropsychologist had rendered him unfit to fly with both stating that he had psychological issues.

Thus far, the remains of 78 passengers are reported to have been found using DNA evidence.

 

IMAGE sourced from nbcnews.com

 

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