Ten days after the crash of the Germanwings A320 in the French Alps, the aircraft’s second black box, the FDR (Flight Data Recorder) that records all flight data (speed, altitude, engine speed, position of the flight controls, etc), has been recovered. With this recorder investigators to establish an accurate scenario of disaster that claimed 150 victims.
The state prosecutor of Marseilles, Brice Robin, yesterday, Thursday, April 2nd gave a press conference in the Marseille Courthouse. The black box was found completely buried by a police officer near a ravine, even though the area had previously been raked. It had "probably been subjected to fire because it was blackened", in the words of the prosecutor. The black box had been sent to Paris in the evening to be submitted to the experts of the French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA)."
The BEA team started opening operations as soon as it arrived, and the data recovered , so far, leads to a possible confirmation of the suicide theory.
According to the BEA "the initial readout shows that the pilot present in the cockpit used the autopilot to put the aeroplane into a descent towards an altitude of 100 ft., then, on several occasions during the descent, the pilot modified the autopilot setting to increase the speed of the aeroplane in descent.’’
Moreover, Brice Robin added that from the 2,854 fragments found at the site, 2,285 DNA samples had been recovered, and 150 DNA profiles isolated.
Every day brings new revelations about Andreas Lubitz. According to the Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor's Department, the Germanwings A320 co-pilot had inquired about ways of committing suicide, as well as about security measures on cockpit armoured doors. The investigators have accessed the internet research he had carried out on his tablet, which had been seized during a search of one of his homes.