Germanwings Plane Crash: An audio file with “usable voices and sounds” recovered from the black box of a downed plane – World News

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Authorities believed the breakthrough would help them uncover how the plaque crashed

Mystery: Audio recordings could explain why the air disaster happened

Investigators have an audio recording that could unravel the mystery of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps with the deaths of 150 people, it emerged today.

Voices are audible on a damaged black box voice recorder, but it can take “days, weeks, even months” before analysts know exactly what is being said or what the noises are.

Rémi Jouty, of the French accident investigation office of the BEA, said at a press conference at Le Bourget, near Paris: “We have succeeded in obtaining an audio file containing sounds and voices that can be used.

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“We haven’t figured it out yet.”

Found among the sprayed wreckage of Germanwings flight 4U 9525, the recording may contain the latest exchanges between the two pilots on board.

They are crucial, as experts are unsure why the crew did not send a distress or distress signal as the Airbus A320 made a terrifying eight-minute dive on Tuesday morning.

Questions were also asked as to why the pilot did not change course to avoid crashing into a rocky ravine in the Alps at 430 mph.

Mr. Jouty confirmed: “We have a recording of the entire flight: from departure to crash.

“I can’t tell if the pilots are talking, we just managed to extract this file.”

The cockpit voice recorder is designed to store two hours of talk time and withstand impacts up to 3,400 times the force of gravity.

This could give clues as to whether the crew was incapacitated or struggling with a technical malfunction.


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The device should also allow investigators to detect automated sound alerts from the aircraft that would help piece together the sequence of events that led to the aircraft’s sudden descent.

The other black box, the flight data recorder which stores 25 hours of data on the aircraft’s systems and would cover the entire flight time from Barcelona until impact, has yet to be recovered.

The BEA, which is leading the technical investigation into the accident, sent seven investigators to the accident site on Tuesday.

They were joined by their German counterparts, as well as technical advisers from Airbus and CFM International, the aircraft’s engine manufacturer.

Pierre-Henry Brandet, spokesman for the French Interior Ministry, confirmed that the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) was “damaged” but “could still provide vital information”.

A second CVR is still being sought in the Alps, along with anything else that can help explain what happened.

Parts of its outer shell have been recovered, but vital data cards are missing.

During the last 10 minutes of the flight, there was total radio silence from the crew of the Barcelona-Düsseldorf flight.

The crash happened around 11 a.m. on a calm day, with information from aircraft tracking websites ruling out an explosion or mid-air stall, both of which would result in a much faster descent.

Experts said planes such as the Airbus would be able to hover a certain distance if the engine failed completely.


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So-called “black boxes” are designed to survive crashes and fires, and can provide investigators with a full timeline of a theft.

The voice recorder picks up audio streams from four microphones in the cockpit and records all conversations between pilots, as well as any other noise in the cockpit.

The flight data recorder records 25 hours of information on the position and condition of major parts of the aircraft.

David Learmount, Flightglobal’s chief operations and safety editor, said: “German-operated A320s do not crash during the cruise.

“Not these days.

“This one is weird.”

More than 300 police and 380 firefighters resumed the search operation this morning.

A total of 144 passengers, including two infants, as well as two pilots and four cabin crew members were on board the 24-year-old jet.

French aviation authorities said the plane did not issue a Mayday call and lost radio contact with air traffic controllers at 10:53 a.m.

Some Lufthansa crews are refusing to fly “for personal reasons”, leading to the cancellation of a number of flights today, the airline admitted.


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