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Germanwings A320 Black Box Found; Will Be Examined 'Immediately'

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 02:26 PM

A black box from Germanwings flight A320 has been found after the flight crashed Tuesday into the French Alps on its way from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, Germany, according to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

"A black box that we found a few hours after the crash will immediately be examined to help the investigation move forward quickly," he said, Reuters reported.

He said the crash site would be secured this evening to ensure emergency services could more easily enter the area.

The Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote area of the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren.

Germanwings confirmed its flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf went down with 144 passengers and six crew on board.

In Washington, the White House said the crash did not appear to have been caused by a terrorist attack.

The airline believed there were 67 Germans on the flight. Spain's deputy prime minister said 45 passengers had Spanish names. One Belgian was aboard.

Also among the victims were 16 children and two teachers from the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school in the town of Haltern am See in northwest Germany, a spokeswoman said.

Investigators described a scene of devastation where the airliner crashed. Aerial photographs showed smouldering wreckage and a piece of the fuselage with six windows.

"We saw an aircraft that had literally been ripped apart, the bodies are in a state of destruction, there is not one intact piece of wing or fuselage," Bruce Robin, prosecutor for the city of Marseille, told Reuters in Seyne-les-Alpes after flying over the crash zone in a helicopter.

French police at the crash site said no one survived and it would take days to recover the bodies due to difficult terrain, snow and incoming storms.

Police said search teams would stay overnight at altitude.

"We are still searching. It's unlikely any bodies will be airlifted until Wednesday," regional police chief David Galtier told Reuters.

In Paris, Prime Minister Manuel Valls told parliament: "A helicopter managed to land (by the crash site) and has confirmed that unfortunately there were no survivors."

It was the first crash of a large passenger jet on French soil since the Concorde disaster just outside Paris nearly 15 years ago. The A320 is a workhorse of worldwide aviation fleets. They are the world's most used passenger jets and have a good though not unblemished safety record.

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A black box from Germanwings flight A320 has been found after the flight crashed Tuesday into the French Alps on its way from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, Germany, according to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
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