3.25.15: Search resumes at German jetliner crash site
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — France’s aviation investigation bureau has released photos of the badly mangled voice data recorder from the Germanwings flight that crashed into an Alpine mountainside.
The images show the metal black box — which is actually a bright orange-red — twisted, dented and scarred by the impact of the crash.
France’s transport minister says the initial focus of investigators trying to access data from a damaged cockpit voice recorder, which was recovered yesterday will be on the conversations prior to the crash in the Alps that killed 150 people.
He says officials believe it’s unlikely an intruder or attack caused the Germanwings plane to crash on a flight from Spain to Germany.
Helicopters are back in use for a second day of searching while ground crews slowly make their way to the crash site where 150 people were killed when the plane took a so-far unexplained eight-minute dive.
Meanwhile, the mayor of a town close to the site of the plane crash says bereaved families are expected to begin arriving today and that local families are offering to host bereaved because of a shortage of rooms to rent.
Leaders of France, Germany and Spain will also meet with them in a makeshift chapel set up in a gymnasium.
Germanwings has had to cancel a few flights since the crash because some crews declared themselves unfit to fly after losing colleagues.
A flight from Duesseldorf to Barcelona on Wednesday was scratched, along with some from Duesseldorf and Stuttgart on Tuesday.
Chief executive Thomas Winkelmann said some cockpit and cabin crews “didn’t want to fly today or yesterday for emotional reasons.”
He added that “the management completely understands this because we are a small family — everyone knows everybody inside Germanwings so it is a big shock for employees.”