Germanwings crash: The hunt for information recorder — and answers

March 25, 2015 - photo frame

(CNN)Latest developments:

• 3:25 p.m. ET: FBI agents formed in France, Germany and Spain are looking by comprehension sources and cranky referencing a newcomer perceptible of Germanwings Flight 9525, dual comparison law coercion officials said. So far, their hunt hasn’t incited adult anything that “stands out” or anything joining a passengers to rapist activity, according to one official.

2:49 p.m. ET: The victims of a Germanwings pile-up came from 18 countries, Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann told reporters Wednesday. He also vowed to yield flights for victims’ family members who wish to transport to Germany or France and assistance them financially.

2:38 p.m. ET: Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr told reporters a association was struggling to know how an aeroplane that “was in ideal technical condition” with dual gifted pilots “was concerned in such a terrible accident.” The pile-up of Germanwings Flight 9525 in a French Alps, he said, “represents a darkest hours in a 60-year story of a Lufthansa Group.”

“We all are still in a state of low shock,” he said.

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Helicopters brought investigators Wednesday to a pile-up site of Germanwings Flight 9525, where they risked dangerous turf in hunt of clues behind a disaster.

Workers had to be tied together since a high area in a French Alps is so treacherous, pronounced Remi Jouty, conduct of a BEA, a French aviation inquisitive arm heading a probe.

Investigators have managed to hear some audio from a cockpit voice recorder, that was found Tuesday, Jouty said.

The moody information recorder has not nonetheless been found, officials said. French President Francois Hollande pronounced a outward support of a recorder was found, though not a recorder itself. (Both a cockpit voice recorder and a moody information recorder are ordinarily referred to as “black boxes.”)

Hollande vows answers

Hollande pronounced he was “taken by emotion” when he saw families of some of a 150 victims — 144 passengers and 6 organisation members — arrive in a area.

The alpine turf where a Germanwings jet went down is formidable to access.

“We need to know what happened — we owe that to a families” and to a countries affected, Hollande said. The victims embody nationals of during slightest 15 countries.

Students, singers among a victims

Those on house a cursed moody enclosed during slightest 72 people from Germany, 18 of whom were members of a propagandize group, officials said. At slightest 35 people from Spain were on house as well.

Three Americans were on a plane, according to a State Department. Two were Yvonne Selke and her daughter, Emily. Raymond Selke told a Washington Post that his mother and daughter were on a plane; Emily’s sorority also reported her death.

Investigators have started a routine of identifying remains, though counsel that it could take time to complete.

Moments of overpower were hold opposite several countries Wednesday.

The moody was roving from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany, when it crashed Tuesday.

Clues in a debris

The waste during a pile-up site is not evil of a craft that exploded in flight; it suggests a craft strike a belligerent and pennyless apart, pronounced Jouty.

Radar followed a craft “virtually to a indicate of impact” in a Alps in southern France, Jouty said. The flight’s final altitude available by radar was only over 6,000 feet.

Officials have pronounced that while they have not ruled out terrorism, it seems unlikely.

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr told reporters Wednesday that a association was struggling to know how an aeroplane that “was in ideal technical condition” with dual gifted pilots “was concerned in such a terrible accident.”

Bizarre crash

The pile-up is weird for several reasons: There was no trouble call. The aircraft crashed midflight, rather than during takeoff or landing, as with many crashes. And a craft forsaken from an altitude of 38,000 feet for 8 minutes, a airline said.

Why would a commander not warning someone that there was an emergency? It competence sound counterintuitive, though job for assistance is not a initial thing on a pilot’s checklist when things go wrong.

Aviation researcher David Soucie pronounced a initial regard is to fly a plane, and secondly, to find a safest choice for a pile-up landing, if it comes to that.

The Germanwings commander “was really aviating and navigating from what we can tell,” Soucie said. The commander was feasible looking for a place to try to land, he said.

The craft mislaid hit with French radar during a tallness of about 6,000 feet. Then it crashed.

Differing timelines

Slightly opposite timelines have emerged for a aircraft’s final minutes. According to Germanwings, a craft started to deplane though authorisation during 10:45 a.m. (5:45 a.m. ET) and mislaid hit with French radar during 10:53 a.m., during a tallness of about 6,000 feet.

A orator for a French inhabitant military force told CNN a craft started to deplane though authorisation during 10:31 a.m. and that 4 mins after atmosphere trade controllers sent out a warning. The craft was purebred during 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) though afterwards left from radar, he said.

“We listened a bizarre noise, and during initial we suspicion it was an avalanche,” pronounced Sandrine Boisse, boss of a tourism bureau during a Pra Loup ski review said. “Something was wrong. … We didn’t know what.”

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier,a fter drifting over a area, called a stage “a design of horror.”

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