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Is There Video From Inside Germanwings Flight 9525?

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | April 01, 2015

Is There Video From Inside Germanwings Flight 9525?

Photo courtesy of Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses.

Does a video exist from the final frantic, tragic moments inside Germanwings Flight 9525 before it crashed into the French Alps last week?

Two major and well-respected European publications – France’s Paris Match and Germany’s Bild – say they both have obtained and viewed cell phone video taken from the final seconds of the doomed flight.

According to Bild, “Paris Match and Bild obtained a video taken during the final seconds of the fated Germanwings flight 4U9525 and found among the wreckage by a source close to the investigation.  Its origin – a cell phone – was clear. The scene was so chaotic that it was hard to identify people, but the sounds of the screaming passengers made it perfectly clear that they were aware of what was about to happen to them. One can hear cries of 'My God' in several languages. Metallic banging can also be heard more than three times, perhaps of the pilot trying to open the cockpit door with a heavy object. Towards the end, after a heavy shake, stronger than the others, the screaming intensifies. Then nothing.”

In its account, Bild quoted a cell phone expert in Germany who said that the phone itself likely broke into dozens of pieces when the plane slammed into the mountainside – but that the memory card could have survived the impact.

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is alleged by prosecutors to have deliberately locked the captain out of the cockpit and intentionally flown the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 on board.

But prosecutor Brice Robin cast doubt on the claim by the two publications, telling Reuters that none of the cell phones collected at the crash site had been sent for analysis.

"All are for now being kept at Seynes-Les-Alpes. If people at the site have picked up mobile phones, I am not aware of it," he said.

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