“An accident.” Today on Tuesday evening is the only word that formally returned to evoke the tragedy the crash of the Airbus A320 for Germanwings Company , which took place in the mountains Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. A tragedy that claimed the lives of at least 150 , in all likelihood.
This term is the airline that uses it. According to the Lufthansa , which has the low-cost subsidiary bereaved any other theory would be speculation, according to a company official speaking from Barcelona, where the plane took off . Other sources, particularly in France, are much more cautious. What do we really know , while the investigation is just beginning, and only one of the two black boxes was found? Response Elements
& gt.; “No assumption can of course not be ruled out”
“At this stage we believe it is an accident and everything else would fall speculation,” said Heike Birlenbach, Vice President of Lufthansa for sales and services in Europe. An assertion that has refused to rule his side the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls:
“No assumption can of course not be ruled out,” insisted the head of government
<. h3> & gt; Unexplained sudden drop
This caution, the prosecutor of Marseilles, Brice Robin, hearing the case, has also relied on Tuesday evening live on BFM TV. “It is too early, of course, to give the causes of the accident,” he explained. “The only thing we know is that this plane lost altitude quickly, while 10,000 or 12,000 meters, and he ended up at 2000 meters before striking the mountain is 1500 meters “, detailed the prosecutor.
” This rapid loss of altitude of the aircraft is unexplained moment, and as soon as it started no had radio contact, “said Brice Robin. “Air traffic controllers tried to contact via radio” A320 “and have had no response”
& gt.; A shock of unprecedented violence and silence
Guest BFMTV of Jean-Claude Bück, a former airline pilot and captain for Air France, was impressed by the pictures of the crash. “The plane literally pulverized,” he commented on our antenna. “From what we watch, we only see small pieces, it is very, very impressive.” And which denotes a shock of unprecedented violence.
But what particularly surprised the specialist, it is not far testimonies collected from the crash site , for BFM TV, among others. “They say they saw the aircraft pass, but no one said they had heard or not engine noise. This is an interesting element, if the engines were stopped, that would be a step forward,” said -t he said.
From a technical point of view, it was also announced that the A320 Germanwings, one of the oldest still in service, had been completely revised in March
& gt.; A trajectory that would have remained straight
The aircraft does have exploded in flight? Jean-Claude Bück not agree. “I think this is not the case, as from what we know the aircraft’s trajectory was not erratic, it came down to a speed that is not distracting in big around 3000 feet per minute, which is a standard landing “, further informed that expert.
In addition,” the path “of the device” appeared relatively straight, “added former airline pilot. “It seems that the plane was headed to the end,” he argues. The question is by whom? “Is it the pilot or autopilot, that it is impossible to know for now.”
& gt; Why are there no distress signal?
Consultant in aeronautics for BFM TV, Gerard Feldzer explained that in an emergency, pilots often have to do with . other tasks to try to save their device, and do not necessarily have the time to activate distress signals
As such, Jean-Claude Bück brings some clarifications: “When something happens abnormal, the golden rule is to keep the path, and then analyze the situation. Depending on the case, there may be a whole list of things to do before you can start the alert . “
& gt; Hard work this Wednesday, but answers?
As announced late Tuesday afternoon, the first of the two black boxes of the device has been found. A key element that could allow the investigators of the surveys and analyzes Bureau (BEA) to provide basic information very quickly.
According to the prosecutor of Marseilles, this object was traveling to Paris in evening, and according to information from BFMTV, the black box in question is the one that contains the exchange cockpit of the machine , the TRC (for Cockpit Voice Recorder ) . As for the DFDR, the other black box, which records it all flight data, it was still actively sought. A painstaking work on a mountainous area difficult to access, which would span about 2 hectares. And who could be complicated by weather expected on Wednesday.
A new item on the survey, conducted by the prosecutor of Marseilles, is expected this Wednesday 11:00.