Germanwings A320 Crash Probe: Black Box Damaged, Terror Attack Suspected

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uring the last radio communication the dispatcher instructed the pilot to stay at an altitude of 11,400 meters but the plane started descend without permission.

 

The pilots of the crashed Airbus A320 made radio contact with dispatchers at 10:30, just a minute before the sudden descent started, according to French Minister Segolene Ruyal.

 

During the last radio communication the dispatcher instructed the pilot to stay at an altitude of 11,400 meters. It was noted that at 10:31 the plane started to descend without permission. The dispatcher sent the request to the pilot, but there was no answer.

 

“At 10:35 the controllers got alarmed. At 10:40 the plane was situated at an altitude of 2,000 meters and then it just disappeared from the radar,” Ruyal told French TV station iTele in an interview.

The Airbus A320, operated by Germanwings, crashed on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf in southern France killing all 150 passengers and crew on board.

 


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Helicopters of the French Air Force (back) and civil security services are seen in Seyne, south-eastern France, on March 24, 2015, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps.

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All possible causes in the crash are being reviewed, but a terrorist act is not on the top of the list, according to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
 

 

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Wednesday that one of the black boxes from the Germanwings plane that crashed in the Alps  was damaged.

 

All possible causes in the crash are being reviewed, but a terrorist act is not on the top of the list, the minister added.

The crash took place in a remote part of the French Alps. French President Francois Hollande said there are "apparently no survivors."

The airline, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, cancelled seven flights Tuesday because crew members reported they were unfit to fly following the tragedy.

The Airbus A320, crashed near the town of Digne as it traveled from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. The plane was carrying 144 passengers — including 2 babies — and six crew members, Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann said at a news conference Tuesday.

Hollande said Tuesday that most of the passengers on board A320 were German, Spanish and Turkish nationals.

According to various reports, citizens of the United States, Mexico, Australia, Denmark and Japan were among the victims of the crash.

France's Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) has launched a safety investigation into the crash, a bureau spokesperson told Sputnik Tuesday.

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