Airbus A-320 of Germanwings Flight U49525 crashed in the southern Alps on March 24, 2015
on its way from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. There are no survivors.
Analysis: Richard Westcott, BBC Transport correspondent
We know the aircraft went from a normal cruising height of 38,000 feet to crashing in the mountains in just eight minutes. One pilot told me that is twice the normal descent rate, but he also said that the aircraft is capable of coming down even more quickly and still being okay.
In an emergency, the pilots’ first priority is to fly the plane, but as soon as they have some control they are trained to make an emergency call. That didn’t appear to happen in this case, which suggests the pilots were coping with something so catastrophic they never had time to radio in a mayday, or turn to find the nearest runway.
The Airbus A-320-211 with the registration D-AIPX was named “Mannheim”
French fighter planes are circling overhead, with bigger support aircraft expected later. According to AFP, the French news agency, military aircraft are circling to provide radio links.
“At 1,700 metres, the radio doesn’t work as the mountains block signals,” Colonel Jean-Pascal Breton of the French air force told AFP. “To coordinate the operation you need radio links. That is what the fighter aircraft are doing. So the helicopters talk via the airborne plane.”
Pierre Polizzi, the owner of a campsite near where the plane crashed, said he heard the plane making strange noises shortly before it disappeared. “I heard a series of loud noises in the air. There are often fighter jets flying over, so I thought it sounded just like that. I looked outside, but I couldn’t see any fighter planes,” Polizzi told the Associated Press. “The noise I heard was long, like eight seconds, as if the plane was going more slowly than military plane speed. There was another long noise after about 30 seconds.”
Witnesses told the French Air Force they heard an explosion and saw smoke coming out of the doomed Germanwings’ A320 passenger plane shortly before it crashed
A helicopter pilot in the French Air Force based in Orange, 30 minutes away from the site of the crash, told IBTimes UK witnesses in the crash investigation told him “they had heard an explosion and seen smoke”.
While the French authorities have not confirmed these accounts, the pilot confirms the French Air Force has received a number of corroborating witness testimonies.
The pilot also confirmed that debris was found upstream from the crash site – which he said confirmed the fact that the piece of fuselage had “been detached from the aircraft before impact”.
“The search zone is quite localised, but a piece has been found upstream, which is a bit unsettling,” the pilot said from Orange. ibtimes.co.uk
David Learmount, the operations and safety editor of Flightglobal, said on Twitter: “German-operated A320s do not crash in the cruise. Not these days. This one is weird.”
Jean-Louis Bietrix, a mountain guide who accompanied the first emergency services up the mountain, said there was nothing left of the plane. “There’s debris, but you have to look closely to see things. It’s like the plane has totally disappeared,” he said.
Remote recovery system used to crash German A320. At the time of 911, there were three well known aircraft that had remote control hijack recovery as a standard feature. These three aircraft were the Boeing 757, 767 and the Airbus A320.
United States Marine Field McConnell believes that Serco shareholders, including Allianz, HSBC and HMG funds, equipped Black Hand navigators with the keys to the Base One Technologies’ war room in the Bronx for their apparent use in knocking out the Pentagon’s U.S. Navy Command Center on 9/11 and subsequent control of the world’s aviation industry through threats, extortion and insurance frauds.
Serco’s Black Hand navigators crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 by activating patented carbon-cap devices through Clinton Base One war rooms and, by spoliation of evidence at the crime scene in the French Alps, tried to hide the murder of passenger Yvonne Selke, a Pentagon spy in the mapping branch of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Statement issued by Betty Thompson, Booz Allen Executive Vice President and Chief Personnel Officer:
“Booz Allen and our employees are mourning the sudden and shocking death of Yvonne Selke, an employee of nearly 23 years, and her daughter, Emily, in the Germanwings airliner crash in the French Alps this week. Yvonne was a wonderful co-worker and a dedicated employee who spent her career with the firm supporting the mission of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. We are in contact with her family to provide comfort and support, and are providing support options to her co-workers, as well.”
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