Again, how did this Lubitz guy even have a job as a pilot with his history?
Harrowing mobile phone footage taken on board the doomed Germanwings flight has recorded the devastating moment that screaming passengers knew they were going to die, it has been claimed.
The video, reportedly found amid the wreckage of last week’s crash, allegedly captures the sound of terrified passengers crying ‘Oh God’ as the plane plunged into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.
The clip, said to be just a few seconds long, was reportedly taken from a memory card which was found at the crash scene by a source close to the investigation.
According to two European newspapers who claim to have seen the footage, cries of ‘oh God’ can be heard in several different languages as chaos breaks out inside the cabin.
They also describe the sound of metallic banging from inside the aircraft. Both papers suggest the bangs could be the sound of the frantic captain attempting to break open the cockpit door with an axe or metal object, as Andreas Lubitz set the aircraft onto a collision course into the mountain.
German daily Bild and French magazine Paris Match said their reporters were shown the video after it was found on a memory chip that could have come from a mobile phone inside the aircraft.
It comes as Paris Match also published a conversation between Lubitz and the captain which was transcribed from one of aircraft’s black boxes by a special investigator, which suggested Lubitz had urged the captain to leave him alone in the cockpit.
Lieutenant Colonel Jean-Marc Menichini, a high ranking official involved in the recovery operation, categorically denied that any mobile phone footage had been found by investigators at the site.
But Paris Match said the footage, thought to have been filmed from the rear of the plane, was found ‘among the wreckage by a source close to the investigation’.
Meanwhile pictures of Lubitz at various ages while a pupil at Mons-Tabor Gymnasium High School in Montabaur, Germany, were released today – the same day it emerged Lubitz’s girlfriend knew he had psychological issues.
Kathrin Goldbach reportedly told investigators she ‘did not know the extent of the problems’ despite her boyfriend seeing doctors a number of times in the months leading up to the disaster.
Prosecutors said he had been treated for suicidal tendencies as a younger man and had been seen by doctors for depression on at least three occasions since February.
He had also been to see an eye specialist over fears he was going blind, a condition that could have seen him stripped of his licence.
Investigators are now increasingly certain this was the prime motive for his act of suicide and mass murder.
Bild, which described the scene as ‘chaotic, totally blurred and completely shaky’, also insisted that the accuracy of the video ‘is beyond question’.
According to Paris Match, cries of ‘My God’ can be heard in several languages, before three metallic bangs ring out. They added that the footage captures the plane shaking heavily, before the screaming ‘intensifies’.
Bild added that the aircraft appears to be touching a mountain, as more screams are heard. The camera then cuts out.
Both papers say the footage supports the idea that the passengers ‘knew what desperate situation they were in’. It added that no individuals could be identified.
Although the two publications described the video in detail, neither posted the footage.
Bild said it was just ‘a few seconds’ and that it is not clear whether a passenger or crew member had filmed it.
Mobile phone tester Dirk Lorenz told Bild: ‘It’s very unlikely a mobile phone could have survived such an impact.
‘However, a memory card can be very durable. Even if a mobile phone smashes into a thousand pieces the memory card can remain intact. For example when the impact was somewhat cushioned.’
In a statement, Lufthansa said it was aware of reports about the footage but questioned whether a mobile phone could have withstood the impact.
A spokesman for the company said: ‘We have also read of reports in a French newspaper about the video.
‘But we have not seen the video and we do not know if it exists. Therefore we cannot confirm if the video is genuine.
‘Considering that everything on the plane was destroyed, it would be unusual for a mobile phone to survive the impact.’
Investigators have also revealed how a transcription of one of the aircraft’s black boxes recorded the moment that Captain Sondenheimer left Lubitz alone in the cockpit, telling him ‘you are in control now’.
According to the transcription, Lubitz chillingly replies: ‘I hope so’.
‘I HOPE SO’: CHILLING WORDS FROM LUBITZ AS CAPTAIN TELLS HIM HE IS IN CONTROL OF PLANE, JUST MINUTES BEFORE HE CRASHES IT INTO ALPS
Paris Match also obtained information from the ‘Cockpit Voice Recorder,’ one of the aircraft’s two black boxes, which recorded the sounds and conversations in the cockpit.
Its contents were described for the periodical by a special investigator. Here is his account:
10am: The airplane takes off.
10:10am: The Captain says to Lubitz: ‘I didn’t have time to use the bathroom before taking off.’ Lubitz replies: ‘Go whenever you’d like.’
10:27am: The plane reaches cruising altitude, which is 38000ft (11,500m).
The captain asks Lubitz to prepare the approach for landing and to verify that the plane can begin the landing process. Lubitz obeys. He repeats to the captain again: ‘You can go. You can go now.’
10:28am: Noise can be heard coming from a seat. The captain removes his seatbelt. The door is opened. The captain says to Lubitz: ‘You are in control now.’
Lubitz answers with a seemingly light tone of voice: ‘I hope so.’
10:30am: Lubitz is alone in the cockpit. He locks the door with the ‘Lock’ button: it is no longer possible to open the door from the outside.
The sounds can be heard of automatic pilot being reprogrammed to accelerate the descent, pushing the plane from 38,000ft (11,000m) to 100ft (30m) in a matter of minutes.
10:33am: The landing begins. The plane drops 3000ft (900m) per minute. Air traffic controllers detect the problem. They try several times to contact the airplane by radio. Lubitz does not respond.
The captain’s voice can be heard as he tries to open the door: ‘It’s me!’ The captain is facing a camera connected to the cockpit. Lubitz sees him on screen but does not react.
The captain grabs an oxygen tank or fire extinguisher in order to break down the door.No response from Lubitz. The captain yells: ‘For the love of God, open this door!’
10:34am: A first alarm goes off, audible and visual: ‘SINK RATE, PULL UP.’ No reaction from Lubitz.
Through the cockpit door, the first sounds of passengers running in the aisles can be heard.
10:35am: The captain asks for the crowbar hidden in the back of the plane. Louder bangs can be heard hitting the door, followed by metallic sounds. The captain tries to bend the door with the crowbar.
10:37am: A second alarm is set off, audible and visual: ‘TERRAIN, PULL UP.’ Still no reaction from Lubitz. The captain yells: ‘Open this f*****g door!’
10:38am: Despite the deafening noises, Lubitz’s breathing can cleary be heard through an oxygen mask he put on. He is breathing normally. The plane is at 13,000 feet (4000 ms).
10:40am: A violent sound can be heard outside. At the same time, inside, screaming. The Airbus hits the mountain with its right wing. No other sound, save for the alarms and the screaming passengers.
10:41am: The airplane hits the Estrop mountain range at 5,000 feet (1500m) at 800 km/h.
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