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Germanwings A320 Crashes in Southern FranceAn Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, police and aviation officials said. (www.reuters.com) More...
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Well, there are several key questions that seem to be surfacing and they are not really speculation. While a little aggressive, the rate of descent was not anything to get excited about as a cause, per se. It appears controlled hence CFIT. The question there is why? A comparison to an L-1011 crash in Florida back in the 70's has been drawn. In that case, all 3 in the cockpit got involved trying to handle a gear problem, failed to notice that autopilot had kicked off and that they were losing altitude. By the time it was noticed, it was too late to recover. The other thing noted is that there was no impact fire and explosion. CFIT and lack of fire are not really speculation. The boxes will tell us why.
But what was in Control of the FIT, computer/autopilot or humans ?
The FDR will have to answer that question... I hope that they find the memory card...
According to Agence France Presse the voice recorder did give usable information:
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Good deal.. the last I heard it was damaged too badly.. >Glad they got some info.
Wayne I just now have info that the cockpit recorder had been reviewed and they have ruled out decompression, also no communication from either pilot was heard!
Wayne new info: one of the pilots, probably the captain was locked out of the cockpit and was heard banging on the door. good news for the 320 and terrorist, bad news for the world.
May the souls R I P