Germanwings Crash Video ‘Must Be Handed To Investigators’

GermanwingsAs investigators continue to search for the reason why a Germanwings plane crashed and killed all the 150 people on board, the head of the investigation, Brice Robin, has called for anyone with footage of the disaster to hand it over to the authorities.

However, the French prosecutor said that he was not aware of a video showing the last seconds before the crash as reported by German and French media.

The Bild Newspaper and Paris Match said on Tuesday, that they had mobile phone footage from inside the plane.

Meanwhile, airline bosses are visiting the site of the Germanwings crash.

Their visit comes amid mounting questions about how much the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz’s employers knew about his mental health after it emerged he had disclosed a previous bout of “severe depression”.

A recording from the cockpit of the aircraft suggests 27-year-old Lubitz deliberately caused the disaster.

Germanwings Plane Crash: Co-Pilot ‘Wanted To Destroy Plane’

GermanwingsFrench investigators say they believe the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday wanted to destroy the aircraft.

Citing information from the “black box” voice recorder, a Marseille prosecutor, Brice Robin, said on Thursday that the co-pilot was alone in the cockpit.

He said that the German citizen, now identified as 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, intentionally started a descent while the pilot was locked out.

He was left in sole control of the Airbus A320 after the captain left the cockpit, refused to re-open the door and pressed a button that sent the jet into its fatal descent, the prosecutor told a news conference broadcast on live television.

The Marseille prosecutor told the news conference in Marseille that the co-pilot did this “for a reason we cannot fathom right now but which looks like intent to destroy this aircraft.”

Robin added that sound recordings from one of its black boxes also suggested most of the passengers would not have been aware of their fate until the very end.

“Only towards the end do you hear screams,” he said. “And bear in mind that death would have been instantaneous … the aircraft was literally smashed to bits.”

Robin said the family of the co-pilot had arrived in France for a tribute alongside those of the victims but was being kept apart from the others.

German authorities are expected to give further information on the pilot’s background and private life later.

Germanwings Airbus Crashes In French Alps, 150 Feared Dead

Germanwings An Airbus operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote snowy area of the French Alps on Tuesday and all 150 on board were feared dead.

French President, Francois Hollande, said he believed none of those on board the A320 had survived, while the head of Lufthansa spoke of a dark day for the German airline.

Germanwings confirmed its flight 4U9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf crashed in the French Alps with 144 passengers and six crew members on board.

Hollande said: “The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors.”

Officials said the plane issued a distress call at 0947 GMT (0547 ET), about 52 minutes after take-off.

Unofficial website tracking data suggested the aircraft made a sharp descent from its cruising height of 35,000 feet but that it did not appear to have plummeted as quickly as aircraft known to have lost complete control.

However, safety experts warned against reading too much into the third-party data, especially over remote areas, and said black boxes holding the probable answers to the crash were expected to be retrieved quickly.

The accident happened in an alpine region known for skiing, hiking and rafting, but which is hard for rescue services to reach. As helicopters and emergency vehicles assembled, the weather was reported to be closing in.

“There will be a lot of cloud cover this afternoon, with local storms, snow above 1,800 meters and relatively low clouds. That will not help the helicopters in their work,” an official from the local weather center told Reuters

Hollande said there were likely to be significant numbers of Germans on the flight. Spain’s deputy prime minister said 45 passengers had Spanish names.

It was the first crash of a large passenger jet on French soil since the Concorde disaster just outside Paris nearly 15 years ago. The A320 is a workhorse of worldwide aviation fleets. They are the world’s most used passenger jets and have a good though not unblemished safety record.

Germanwings Says Will Do Everything Possible To Clear Up Crash

Germanwings’ managing director Oliver Wagner said on Tuesday his company could not give any reasons for the plane crash in France yet but would do everything it could to find out what happened.

“Our deep sympathy goes out to the relatives and friends of the victims,” Wagner said.

Germanwings, which is the low-cost unit of German flag carrier Lufthansa, was scheduled to hold a news conference at 1400 GMT at its head office in Cologne.