The analysis of the first black box found Tuesday, hours after the crash of the Airbus Germanwings that crashed in the French Alps, allows investigators to better understand the sequence of events. Follow live the progress of the investigation into the worst air disaster in France for thirty years.
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12 h 40: The press conference the prosecutor of Marseilles began. The prosecutor explained that the raising of the body started since Wednesday and that “DNA by the identification string is launched.” “To date, we have not found the second black box, so we did that,” he said.
12 h 17. The Paris Match diffuse the photo and the identity of the aircraft’s co-pilot. This is Andreas G. L, from the Düsseldorf area.
12 h 10. The journalists were driven to several tens of meters from the chapel of Vernet, in front of the mountain where the crash took place Germanwings to to preserve the privacy of the victims’ families. The arrival of families Vernet is provided in the afternoon.
11 h 40. Dieter, a former colleague of the A320 captain, described Europe 1 as “a very experienced pilot” . “It was one of the best.” This old retired pilot flew with the captain of the A320 there three years. “It was a very serious, it was one of the best drivers we had,” he says. “I am 100% sure they did the best they could, he continues. That’s what I think because I knew him very well, it was one of the best. He had a lot of experience, he had more than 6,000 flight hours behind him. ” Dieter said that “mastering the controls”, “the crew behavior” of the A320 captain “were excellent.” He also described “a very good man, kind, with humor too.” Dieter also reveals that the captain was married with two children.
11 h 20. The recordings of the black box showed that one of the pilots was found himself locked out of the cockpit during the fall of the unit. Our expert in aeronautics The Point.fr deciphers for the operation of a cockpit.
10 h 55. Two planes carrying relatives of victims landed in Marignane According to the Ministry of the Interior.
10 h 53. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has sent experts to assist teams Investigation Bureau and Analysis (BEA). “We have, in accordance with European regulations in force, sent experts to assist teams Jouty Rémi (the Director of BEA, Ed) to try to get greater clarity on the causes of this accident,” said the director has EASA Executive, Patrick Ky. It is also, he added, “to ensure that, if appropriate immediate action can be taken to reduce the risk of such accidents happening again.”
10 h 50. According to the Monde.fr is the captain who was in the cockpit and co-pilot on the outside. Before being separated, the two men spoke German. According to AFP, alarms indicating the proximity of the ground rang as expected.
10 h 40. Focus on what we know the trajectory of the flight.
10 h 15. Hundreds of people, families or relatives of the victims, especially from Germany and Spain, should be allowed in the day in the funeral chapels erected in two localities near the scene of the accident, Seyne-les-Alpes and Le Vernet. At least two large white plastic tents, totally opaque and closed, were “mounted in the night,” according to the police, to “preserve the privacy” of families, to the chapel of Seyne-les-Alpes. Families should arrive at Marseille-Marignane airport with a special Lufthansa flight around 10 am Thursday morning. They must be received by a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before joining the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Two buses from Spain are also expected.
9 h 46. The Germans are “very grateful” to France and the French nation “for the psychological, the reception, all the experts, “said Susanne Wasum-Rainer, Ambassador of Germany to France on Europe 1. She also stressed” the enormous efficiency, enormous professionalism is happening here in France ” .
9:00. The operations on the A320 Germanwings crash site in the south of the Alps “resumed” Thursday “at 7: 45 pm “and forensic doctors, with specialized mountain gendarmes are being hoist, said the police. The device is currently “the same” on Wednesday said the same source. The sky is completely clear, except for the area of the crash, where clouds are hanging.
8 h 55. Commenting on the assumption of a suicide of one of the two pilots of the A320, Jean-Paul Troadec, former director of BEA, said on BFM TV that “only three or four cases of suicide were found and others suspected in the history of aviation”.
8 h 30. The copilot Germanwings Airbus that crashed Tuesday in the French Alps had been engaged “in September 2013,” the airline and had 630 hours of flight, said Thursday the Lufthansa group told AFP. Lufthansa, Germanwings parent company, did not confirm reports that one of the two pilots was found alone at the controls, the other remains locked out of the cockpit. The captain had more than 10 years of experience and more than 6000 flight hours on Airbus aircraft, Germanwings indicated on Tuesday.
8 h 18. According François Fillon, the government’s duty. But the former prime minister believes, however UMP on Europe 1 that “in these circumstances, policymakers must demonstrate a high modesty. Politicians should stay a little behind. The opposition’s role, it not to comment. “
7 h 19. The prosecutor of Marseilles, Brice Robin, in charge of the crash record of the Germanwings A320 on Tuesday in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, will give a press conference at 12 h 30. The press conference will be held “in a salon Marignane airport”, near Marseille, a-t -he said.
7 hours. This is what is known about the crash of flight 4U9525 Germanwings, which took off Tuesday at 9 h 55 Barcelona 144 passengers and six crew members on board to Düsseldorf where he was expected at 11 h 57.
Victims are from eighteen countries. 72 of the victims were German nationals, including two babies and 16 high school students Haltern (northwestern Germany) returning from a language course, and two singers Opera Düsseldorf Bryjak Oleg and Maria Radner. At least 51 victims were Spanish, in Madrid. Other nationalities were confirmed: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Morocco and the Netherlands. Body recovery will be long because of their condition and topography. Washington and Moscow have offered support for these operations.
The aircraft is a medium-haul A320, which entered service in 1991 , first operated by the German airline Lufthansa and its subsidiary Germanwings low cost. It was one of the oldest still in service with A320 flew some 46,700 flights and 58,300 flight hours. According to several experts, and 24, a plane is late career but not obsolete if the maintenance was performed correctly. He had suffered a major service in summer 2013. The aircraft was “technically perfect,” says Lufthansa, adding that the pilot had “more than 10 years’ experience, and” more than 6,000 flight hours. ”
The crew did not issue a “mayday” (distress call). Air traffic control took the initiative to declare the aircraft in distress, because he had no contact with the crew and the aircraft. The plane, which flew to the end, crashed in a very difficult area of access to 1500 meters above sea level in the municipality of Seyne-les-Alpes. The unit was sprayed in thousands of fragments scattered over nearly four acres in a secluded area on the mountainside.
All the tracks are considered and that terrorism is not privileged, according to statements of the company and French ministers. More than 300 police, hundreds of firefighters, 70 Alpine troops, soldiers specialized in high mountain missions, pledged Wednesday morning at the crash site.
One two black boxes of the device, the CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder), was found on Tuesday. This device contains a record of all the sounds of the cockpit, and allows you to hear the conversations between the captain and the pilot, but also all the sounds and announcements heard in the cockpit, alarms that have could possibly sound. The second so-called black box FDR (Flight Data Recorder) recording flight data was still being sought Wednesday. But the BEA director said he was “reasonably optimistic” about its location.
4 h 19. One of the drivers was blocked out of the cockpit and do has failed to return, told AFP a source close to the investigation being aware of the CVR content. “At the beginning of the flight, the crew speak normally means then we hear the sound of a seat which fell, a door that opens and closes, noises indicating that touting at the door and it does There was more conversation to that point until crash, “the source said in the Wednesday and Thursday night. This source was not able to tell if it’s the commander or the pilot who remained in control of the machine.